Myths says that long ago, the town of Burgh le Marsh made their living from what we call wrecking. This means that during stormy weathers and there are ships near their territorial waters, they light up the beacon.
The ship would mistake it for safety and sail towards it. Overestimating the distance, the ships crew will drown. The morning after, the locals will loot the things, as well as the ship’s broken body.
In 1629, Scotland’s Mary Rose was sailing towards Flanders to deliver some cloth when they encountered a terrible storm. The locals saw this opportunity and prepared to light the beacon.
However, the elderly sexton named Guymer, fearing for the sailors’ lives, begged them to stop. They saw him as senile and pushed him aside. On the other side, Captain Frohock saw the light and commanded the ship’s hands to steer the ship to the direction, thinking it was safety.
As the ship approaches, the old sexton hurriedly ran towards the church and grabbed the bell’s rope. He started heaving. Hearing the bells, the captain realized the danger of the sands so he order the men to steer the boat back.
The locals saw this and hurriedly ran towards the church to put their anger on the old man. When they arrived, they saw that he was already far gone to the afterlife, exhausting himself to death.
Many years later, he return to the town to thank the people, but instead, learned of the real circumstances of the saving of their lives. Thus, he bought a land and rented it, saying that the rent will go to the purchase of a silk rope for the church’s bell.
Some stories also adds that he married the sexton’s daughter.