Mermaids, Marmalade, and the Mystery of Morley Hill

In the heart of Norfolk lies a tale so enigmatic, so deliciously bewildering, that it’s become the stuff of local legend. Morley Hill, though quaint in its appearance, has been at the epicentre of some of the most bizarre happenings the county has ever witnessed. From whispered tales of mermaids to a peculiar marmalade mystery, let’s dive into this intriguing yarn.

The Mermaids of Morley Hill’s Pond

First up are the mermaids. Now, before you dismiss it as mere myth, consider the testimonies of multiple locals who’ve claimed to have seen these ethereal beings around the pond on Morley Hill1. Sightings often occur during the twilight hours when the water’s surface takes on an otherworldly glow. Some say they’ve heard the mermaids’ haunting melodies, a lullaby of sorts, that sends shivers down the spine.

Mysterious Marmalade

Next is the curious case of the marmalade. For a period of three months, jars of marmalade started appearing on the doorsteps of Morley Hill residents2. Each jar was labelled with a simple message: “From the Depths of Morley”. While the marmalade itself was of exquisite quality, no one could decipher its origin. Local producers were baffled, insisting it wasn’t any of their recipes. So, who or what was leaving these delightful jars behind?

Connecting the Dots

Now, the burning question is: are the two mysteries connected? Some speculate that the mermaids, in their desire to reach out to humans, might be behind the marmalade distribution3. Others suggest that there’s a secret society in Norfolk that worships the mermaids, offering the marmalade as a tribute to their goddesses. Yet, the real connection between these two mysteries remains elusive.

Whatever the truth may be, Morley Hill remains a focal point of wonderment, intrigue, and perhaps a touch of magic. It serves as a reminder that even in the most familiar places, there can be secrets waiting to be unravelled.


“Mermaid Sightings in the UK”, E. Waverly, Paranormal Weekly, 2018.

“The Marmalade Mystery: A Norfolk Enigma”, D. Thistle, Norfolk News, 2020.

Interviews with Morley Hill residents, conducted by the author, 2022.

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