Local legend says that the town was founded and named in around 270 BC by King Peredurus. One day, the King lost his ring, and accused a young woman of stealing it. However, later that day, the same ring was found inside a pike that was caught for his dinner in Costa Beck. The town got the name “Pike-ring” – an image of which is featured in the town’s coat of arms to this day.
Whilst there’s little evidence to back up the myth, the town’s true
history is no less colourful. The area was perfect for early settlers, thanks to its location at the edge of a glacial lake, and the rich natural resources provided by the abundant wetlands, moorland and forests that