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Dragon Reports from the Paranormal Database

A surprising number of dragon legends exist all over the UK and Ireland. While a large number do not match the traditional 'fire-breathing' archetype, almost all had some form of lethal defence, and could only be defeated by wit or absolute determination. Below is a list of known or rumoured dragon haunts.

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Latimer the Dragon Slayer

Location: Well (Yorkshire) - Exact location not known
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The dragon of Well was slain by a knight name Latimer who was a local landowner. A dragon is featured in the Latimer coat of arms.


 


The Dragon of Wantley

Location: Wharncliffe Crags (Yorkshire) - Exact location not known
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dragon made a nuisance of itself until the local hero Moore of Moore Hall donned a suit of spiked armour and kicked the creature between the legs. Needless to say, the dragon left the area with tears in its eyes.


 


Dragon Attack

Location: St Osyth (Essex) - Exact location unknown
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 9 March 1170
Further Comments: Recorded on old documents, a large dragon attacked a house in St Ostwyth, the air surrounding the creature so hot that it set the area alight.


 


Slain Dragon

Location: Moston (Cheshire) - Exact location unknown
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local story tells of how Sir Thomas Venables shot and killed a dragon here by shooting an arrow into the eye, just as it picked up a small child to eat.


 


Smith's Wyrm

Location: Deerhurst (Gloucestershire) - Exact location unknown
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: John Smith, a local hero, was rewarded with a large amount of land after killing a dragon that was trying to make a home in the neighbourhood.


 


Piers the Dragon Killer

Location: Brent Pelham (Hereford & Worcester) - Exact location unknown
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Piers Shonks is a celebrated local dragon slayer, whose tomb in the village church is decorated with his battle. He died after Satan came to seek revenge for the death of his pet.


 


Hungry Dragon

Location: Unsworth (Lancashire) - Exact location unknown
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local dragon which feasted on the local women and children was killed by the local landlord who fired a dagger at the creature using his musket.


 


Self Healing Dragon

Location: Nunnington (Yorkshire) - Exact location unknown - Loschy Hill?
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The dragon which set up home near here possessed the ability to heal itself and spit poison. It was finally defeated by Sir Peter Loschy and his dog; as Sir Peter cut pieces of the monster off, the dog picked the segments up and ran away with them. Alas, the knight also died when his dog jumped up and licked his face in celebration, rubbing some of the dragon's poison on to his master.


 


Dragon Slayer

Location: West Clandon (Surrey) - Exact location unknown, but woodcarving in local church
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dragon which was given the locals a hard time was killed by an ex-soldier and his dog - the dog leapt onto the creature's face, while the man decapitated the wyrm.


 


Dragon of Wormenhert

Location: St Albans (Hertfordshire) - Exact location unknown, said to have been a cave within a gorge in a nearby hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Eleventh century
Further Comments: Abbot Ealdred of St Albans rebuilt his abbey using the ruins of Verulamium, a Roman city located nearby. During the course of the work the Abbot destroyed the lair of the dragon of Wormenhert.


 


Flying Beast

Location: Dolbury (aka Dolebury) (Devon) - Exe valley between Dolbury Hill & Cadbury Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Every night (reoccurring)
Further Comments: In order to guard his treasure, buried under both hills, this beast flies between the locations each night.


 


Basking Dragon

Location: Henham (Essex) - Field near Henham
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: May 1669 (or 1699)
Further Comments: The nine foot long dragon with 'eyes as big as a sheep's' once spent a few days basking in a field in this area, before taking leave (chased away by concerned villagers). It caused no damage, and remained a popular local character until quite recently. Another version of the tale is not so dragon-friendly; the creature lived in a cave and would venture out at night to eat cattle and sheep - it only stopped when the cave roof collapsed, trapping the creature within.


 


Griffin

Location: Farnworth, Widnes (Cheshire) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The village blacksmith killed a griffin that threatened the safety of this community.


 


Wybrant Gwiber

Location: Betws y Coed (Clwyd) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A bandit from a nearby village tried to kill the Wybrant Gwiber, but failed - his throat was torn out and his body thrown into the river. What happened to the dragon is not known.


 


Dropper of Fire

Location: Helston (Cornwall) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large rock on the outskirts of this town is said to have been dropped by a huge dragon as it passed overhead.


 


Tamed Dragon

Location: Padstow (Cornwall) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Saint Petroc is said to have tamed a horrific dragon by placing a girdle about its neck before taking the beast to the beach and setting it free. The dragon swam away and was never seen again.


 


Brace of Dragons

Location: Winkleigh (Devon) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Seventeenth century?
Further Comments: Several dragons were reported to live in the area, though nothing more is known about their activities.


 


Tricked Dragon

Location: Penmynydd (Gwynedd) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Paid by a nobleman to rid the area of a dragon, a local lad dug a deep pit and at the bottom he placed a brass mirror. The creature fell into the hole and, believing it had met a rival, fought its own reflection before falling down exhausted. This enabled the boy to decapitate the monster with no further problems.


 


One Eyed Dragon

Location: Castle Carlton (Lincolnshire) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Sir Hugh Bardolfe takes credit for slaying this dragon, noted for having a single eye located in its forehead. Man and beast fought during a storm, and when the dragon was blinded by a flash of lightning, Sir Hugh struck a wart on one of its legs, killing it.


 


Carantoc's Dragon

Location: Carhampton (Somerset) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Saint Carantoc, while searching for his altar, met with King Arthur who voiced concerns about a dragon terrorizing the county. Carantoc agreed to help the King (in return for the location of the altar), and tamed the dragon using his stole. Locals wanted to kill the creature, but the saint set it free after making the dragon promise never to hurt anyone again.


 


Choked to Death

Location: Kingston St Mary (Somerset) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A brutal fire breathing dragon terrorized this region until a champion came forth to tackle it. The hero rolled a boulder up a hill opposite the dragonís lair and shouted out to it. As the monster emerged jaws agape the champion rolled the boulder down into the dragon's maw, chocking the fowl beast.


 


Winged Snakes

Location: Penmark (South Glamorgan) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: An old woman claimed that her grandfather had fought and killed a winged serpent in this area. The man had skinned the creature, though the evidence had been thrown away after his death.


 


Hissing Creature

Location: Fittleworth (Sussex) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1867
Further Comments: A worm was reputed to live in this area, rushing out to hiss at anyone who passed its lair.


 


Gas Breather

Location: Sexhow (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A winged fire breathing dragon once terrorised this area. Demanding the milk of nine cows every day, the creature took residence on a hill. As well as breathing fire it grouted poison gas which killed anyone venturing too close. It was finally killed after a long battle by a wandering knight who then went on his way without demanding a reward or revealing his name.


 


More of More Hall

Location: Wantley (Yorkshire) - General area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: When a fire breathing dragon visited his area, More of More Hall was called upon to slay the creature. As protection, More's armour was covered with fifteen centimetre long spikes. The fight between man and monster dragged on for two days and one night, before More had the opportunity to kick a spiked boot into the dragonís bottom (or mouth), which killed it.


Records 26 - 50, of 92

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