An old postcard showing Aberdovey in Wales.
Aberdovey (Gwynedd) - Off coast
Swallowed by the sea, church bells belonging to a town lost off the coast here can still be heard on quiet evenings. They say that at low tides one can see sunken tree trunks.
Off the coast of Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
Aldeburgh (Suffolk) - Coast
Circa nineteenth century
Much of Aldeburgh has been taken by the sea, leading to the belief that the bells from sunken churches could sometimes be heard under the waves.
An old postcard of Bala Lake in Wales.
Bala (Gwynedd) - Bala Lake
City unknown, Teggie observed 1995 (?)
The first town of Bala is said to be concealed under the waters of this lake. In addition, a monster nicknamed 'Teggie' by locals was described as resembling a humped crocodile, although a story published online in 1995 about the creature being seen was a hoax.
Off the coast of Blackpool.
Blackpool (Lancashire) - Off the coast
Weather Dependent: stormy nights. Last heard 21 May 2013?
A town lost off the coast of Blackpool many years ago, the bells can be heard ringing on stormy nights. The bells may have last been heard by a mother and daughter walking near Sandcastle Water Park.
Burrator Reservoir (Devon) - Under water
An old village was submerged when the reservoir was constructed in 1898. The church bells are supposed to occasionally still ring.
Conisby (Lincolnshire) - Area outside the village called Sanclif or Sancliff
Unknown, but bells can be heard once a year on an unknown date
An area of rock was known as the Sunken Church, with some people believing it was the place where a church and the congregation were consumed. The bells could be heard pealing once a year.
Off the coast of Old Felixstowe.
Felixstowe (Suffolk) - Coast off Old Felixstowe
Circa nineteenth century
It was believed that the bells from sunken churches could be heard ringing off the coast here.
Ferryside (Dyfed) - Estuary
An ancient village is submerged under these waters, and sometimes the toiling of the old church bell can be heard from within the estuary.
Folklore says sunken church bells still ring.
Hayling Island (Hampshire) - Off the south coast
The sound of sunken church bells is said still to be heard coming from the sea.
Llangadock (Dyfed) - Exact area unknown
Certain times of the year, though no further details known
The ringing of the bells from this sunken village are said to be heard by those in the right place at the right time (and in the right state of mind).
Lough Cullaunyheeda (County Clare) - Beneath the waters
The chieftain of the sunken city, reported to be hidden under the lough, sleeps until needed to win the final battle.
Petrified people stand on a vanishing island.
Port Soderick (Isle of Man) - Off the coast
Reappears every seven years, last seen late September, year unknown.
The occupants of an island insulted the wizard Fin MacCool. As punishment he turned the people into granite and sunk the island, permitting it to return once every seven years. The curse could be broken if a bible were placed on the island during a period of its return. The last time the island was spotted, the witness ran home, grabbed her bible and returned to the site, but was too slow - the island had already sunk back to the depths. The woman who tried to save the island died soon after; superstitious locals blamed her death on MacCool's curse, and this supposedly has prevented anyone from trying to save the island and its occupants again.
Semerwater (aka Simmer Water, aka Simmerwater) (Yorkshire) - Lake
Legend - Old Nick
A tramp (or angel or witch, depending on the source) looking for a place to rest was turned away from every house in the neighbourhood, until he came to a farm on the hillside where the occupants of which gave him food and shelter. He thanked his guests and punished the other households by flooding the valley. The lake also once had two large rocks on its banks which were known as the Mermaid Stones, said to have been thrown there by the Devil and a giant.
Shrewsbury (Shropshire) - Bomere Pool
24 December (reoccurring)
Several stories surround this pool. In one, a village once stood here, but the villagers mocked God, He sent forth a storm that flooded the area. The church bell can now be heard peeling once a year. Another story says the pool is home to a massive fish - it was caught only once, but escaped, taking the sword of the fisherman (or knight) with him. He now uses the sword to cut any net which falls near him. The final story says the pool is bottomless, and that when any attempt to drain the pool is made, the waters always return overnight.
A fairy kingdom build from human ruins.
Swansea (West Glamorgan) - Crumlyn Lake (aka Llyn Crymlyn), now Crymlyn Bog
A fairy maiden was said to live in the waters of this lake. It was also said a large town once stood here but it was swallowed by the lake (after the locals insulted Saint Patrick) and then used by the fairies to construct their kingdom. A slight variation says the fairies were once the townsfolk before they were submerged. Bells could occasionally be heard coming from the water.