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Burgh St Peter has a rich history – nowhere else has a church tower quite like the Ziggurat-inspired church of St Mary, which for centuries was the church of the Boycott family who gave their name to the English language. Local legend has it that the devil loaned a poor man money to build the church, and when Satan came to claim his dues the man escaped his fate by dying hours before and was safely buried in consecrated ground.
In the early 20th century, locals were fond of telling holidaymakers that the church tower was in fact telescopic and was wound up at the beginning of each sailing season and wound down again to mark the onset of winter!