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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.

Image (left) courtesy of: www.royalmail.com/creatures

 


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 dragon’s bottom (or mouth), which killed it.


 


Wealthy Dragon

Location: Gunnarton Fell (Northumberland) - Gunnarton Castle, aka Money Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is thought that the wyrm which established its home in the hill brought with him a great deal of treasure.


 


Sheep Eater

Location: Burley (Hampshire) - Hill known as Burley Beacon
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dragon terrorised the neighbourhood after demanding a sacrifice of sheep - the locals gave him milk instead. Before long, the reliable knight of yore came along, covered his armour with birdlime (a sticky substance made from bark) and powered glass, and the engaged the creature. The knight won the fight, but his two hunting dogs were killed and he later died of his sustained injuries.


 


Guarded Secret Tunnel

Location: Cissbury (Sussex) - Hillfort
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Leading to an untold amount of wealth, the tunnel hidden in this hillfort is guarded by a pair of snake-like dragons. The ghost of a druid is reported to haunt the site looking for this treasure, and the sound of phantom galloping horses have also been reported.


 


Knuckler

Location: Lyminster (Sussex) - Knucker Hole, and Arun valley (hunting ground)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The dragon, known as Knuckler, which lived here only came out of its hole to eat the local population and their livestock. It was killed by a heroic knight who is now buried in the local church.


 


Slay Lie

Location: Grouville (Jersey) - La Hougue Bie
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Local lord Seigneur de Hambye killed a dragon in the marshes close to here but was then murdered by his squire. The squire took credit for killing the monster, and claimed the beast had killed de Hambye, but not before his former master requested that the squire marry his widow. Fortunately the squire would sleep talk, and it was not too long before the truth slipped from his lips in the marital bed, and he was hanged for murder. Seigneur de Hambye was buried under La Hougue Bie.


 


Red Dragon

Location: Nant Gwynant (Gwynedd) - Lake hidden under hillside
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Not Known
Further Comments: It was at this site that Vortigern, King of the Britons, encountered a red dragon and a white dragon fighting in a deep underground. The white dragon fled, leaving the red dragon victorious - the king took the creature to be his emblem.


 


Wyrm

Location: Fatfield (Durham) - Lambton Castle and grounds, Worm Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1400s?
Further Comments: The Lambton worm, sounding more like a very large snake, took up residence here and terrorised the locals - on returning from the crusades, a young and noble member of the Lambton fought the creature and won; but only by wearing spiked armour that impaled the creature as it wrapped itself around him.


 


Linton Wyrm

Location: Linton (Borders) - Linton Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dragon was dispatched by Somerville de Lariston; the brave knight covered his lance with burning pitch, piecing the dragon's armour and cooking it from the inside.


 


Church Dragon

Location: Llandeilo Graban (Dyfed) - Llandelio Graban church
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dragon, which made its home in the church tower, was killed by a local lad. The boy made a dummy dragon out of oak and covered it in steel spikes - the real dragon attacked the model, impaling itself on the spikes and dying of its injuries.


 


Water Monster

Location: Dolgellau (Gwynedd) - Lly Cynwch
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Once home to a strange water creature which could paralyse with its gaze, a legend tells of a brave farmer who took its head off with an axe blow as it rested. The monster was buried on the mountainside.


 


Dragon Duel

Location: Little Cornard (Suffolk) - Location known locally as Sharpfight Meadow, but now called Shalford Meadow
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 26 September 1449
Further Comments: A black dragon from Suffolk and a spotted red dragon from Essex met at this location. After fighting for an hour, the Essex dragon won, and both dragons disappeared back to where they came.


 


George and the Dragon

Location: Brinsop (Hereford & Worcester) - Lower Stanks and Duck's Pool Meadow near the church
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The village of Brinsop claims to be the location where St George had his famous battle with a dragon. The creature lived in Duck's Pool Meadow, but was finally slain at Lower Stanks meadow. An old stone carving in the church depicts the final battle


 


Ormroyd

Location: Kellington (Yorkshire) - Marshy forest
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A shepherd called Ormroyd and his faithful dog fought a dragon which lived here; the pair managed to slay the creature, though died soon after.


 


Dead Dragon

Location: Kirkton of Tealing (Angus) - Martin's Stone
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A stone in the area marks the place where a local man named Martin killed a dragon which had eaten nine sisters who had gone to fetch water for their aging father.


 


White Worm

Location: Dalry (Ayrshire) - Mote Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local blacksmith eventually killed this beast by constructing a suit of armour covered with retractable spikes. The creature swallowed the smith whole who then wriggled so violently that the monster’s intestines were ripped to shreds.


 


Fulk's Fire Breather

Location: Norton Fitzwarren (Somerset) - Norton Camp hillfort
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Thirteenth century
Further Comments: Born from a pile of decaying bodies left in the hillfort, this creature was finally killed by the brave knight Fulk Fitzwartine.


 


Sea Dragon

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Off coast
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Circa 1113
Further Comments: Locals observed a fire breathing dragon rise from the waters off the coast here.


 


Crested Dragons

Location: Penllyn (South Glamorgan) - Penllyn Castle, and surrounding woods
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1800s
Further Comments: The dragons (or winged snakes, according to other sources) here were once said to be quite common, if not a little shy. They snacked on the local produce, and sparkled and shimmered when escaping farmers; they were eventually all killed.


 


Self Destructive Dragon

Location: Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant (Powys) - Post Coch
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local dragon was finally killed after locals built a large stone pillar, imbedded it with spikes, and covered it with a red cloth. The colour angered the creature to such a degree that it attacked the cloth, impaling itself on the pillar and dying from blood loss.


 


Guardian

Location: Trelech a'r Betws (also spelt Trellech a’r Betws) (Dyfed) - Prehistoric tumulus
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A gwiber, or large lizard, protects this ancient tumulus.


 


Blue Ben

Location: Kilve (Somerset) - Putsham Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The dragon known as Blue Ben is said to have built the nearby causeway in order to reach the sea - this would keep him cool on days he was particularly fiery. He met his end when he slipped on the rocks, and suffocated in the mud below. His skull (actually a fossil ichthyosaur) and is on display in the local museum.


 


Angry Gwiber

Location: Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant (Powys) - Red Pillar or Pillar of the Viper
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dragon killed many local people until they had the idea of covering a large stone with spikes and covering the structure with red cloth. The colour angered the dragon, who attacked the stone until the spikes had mortally wounded it.


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