The Mermaid Legend
There was a boy who lived in this village whose name was Matthew Trewhella. He was the son of the churchwarden and came to this Church every Sunday to sing in the choir. He had the most beautiful voice and each Sunday many people would come to hear him sing.
Then one day a Mermaid, sitting on the rocks below Zennor in Pendour Cove, heard his voice driving down from the Church above. She was mesmerised by the sound and every Sunday she would come to the same rock to listen to him sing.
She fell in love with the boy and he with her. She enticed him to come away with her and they were last seen swimming out to sea, down at Pendour Cove. They were never seen again.
It is thought that the Mermaid Chair, created about 400 years ago, was carved in the memory of the Choir Boy, Matthew Trewhella.