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|Description ||This is one of my favourite views of the Berth. Beautiful, isn't it? This view is from the Baschurch side of the site, looking across the Berth Pool: home to the Berth Pool Angling Society who pit their wits against the fish of the mere. (This is accessed by a private lane and is not open to the public). Even today you can tell it was once covered by water as walking on the land around the Pool is a rather dampening experience.
Legend has it...
There are a few local folk tales about these waters. One comes from a lady in 1879 and is retold in an old book called, ‘Shropshire Folk-lore ...
“The Berth Pool near Baschurch lies at the foot of the Berth Hill, which is a very curious morass, where once people intended to build a parish church, but the same mysterious something which interfered with the building on the height also threw the bells intended for it into the Berth Pool. Horses were powerless to pull them out but oxen succeeded to draw them to the surface, but then one of the men employed in the work let slip an oath on which they fell back crying “No never” and they still lie at the bottom of the Pool today.”
Not sure if it’s the bell or the men that lie at the bottom of the Pool for not doing the work, but it’s a great tale never-the-less. Not the first of its kind of course, as bells at the bottom of lakes are told in many parts of the land.
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