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Dragons in the Landscape (and in the flesh)

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.

Dragon Attack

Location: St Osyth (Essex) - Exact location unknown
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 09 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.

Well Monster

Location: Strathmartine (Angus) - Nine Maiden's Well (now buried, exact location not known)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dragon which guarded a well managed to eat nine maidens who came one by one to draw water. It was finally slain by a man named Martin, due to be married to the youngest maiden.

Water Dragon

Location: Sudbury (Suffolk) - River Stour
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Early 1400s
Further Comments: This crested monster came from out of the local river and terrorised Sudbury and the neighbouring villages. Eventually, all the townsfolk gathered and chased the beast back into the river.

Curse

Location: Taunton (Somerset) - Castle Neroche
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Treasure believed (by some) to be concealed in the area around the Iron Age hillfort has yet to be fully discovered - death and serious accidents have befallen all those to have tried. Another legend says that the treasure is protected by a dragon.

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.

Slain Beast

Location: Trull (Somerset) - Castleman's hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about the dragon said to have been killed in this area.


Dragon Hill, Uffington.

Spilt Blood

Location: Uffington (Oxfordshire) - Dragon Hill
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Parts of this hill are bare and chalky - some legends say that a dragon was slain on top of the hill, and where the beast's blood fell, the grass died.


An old woodcut, coloured red, of a fire breathing dragon.

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.

Skeleton

Location: Walmsgate (Lincolnshire) - Barrow
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A long barrow located here is said to contain most of the bones of a dragon killed by Sir Hugh Bardolph in the area. The dragon's severed head was sent to the king.

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.

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.


An old photograph of Wells Cathedral.

Bishop Jocelyn's Wyrm

Location: Wells (Somerset) - Area around the cathedral
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Bishop Jocelyn drove away a dragon that had been terrorising locals around seven holy springs - the cathedral was later built in the area.

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.

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. The dragon left the area with tears in its eyes.

The Devil's Mount

Location: Wievliscombe (Somerset) - Area around the church
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1827?
Further Comments: When the church in Wievliscombe was being rebuilt, the devil manifested riding a green dragon and began hurling rocks at the construction. Saint Andrew materialised and used a crucifix to drive both Devil and dragon away.


Devon dragons.

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.

Drake's Home

Location: Wolverley (Hereford & Worcester) - Drakelow, adjacent to an SSSI woodland called Kinver Edge
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1582
Further Comments: An ancient document gives reference to this place has being home to a dragon.

Coil Marks

Location: Wormhill (Derbyshire) - St Margaret's Church area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Still present
Further Comments: The marks on the hill near the church were said to be the location where a dragon once laid. The church is named after Margaret of Antioch, who was swallowed by a dragon but escaped when her crucifix caused irritation.

Dragon Slaying

Location: Wormingford (Essex) - Bloody Meadow
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Fifteenth century
Further Comments: The local church gives the account of how a local dragon that was immune to arrows was put to death in a nearby field by Sir George de la Haye. A virtually identical tale exists from nearby Bures.

Guarded Secret Tunnel

Location: Worthing (Sussex) - Cissbury Ring (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. Finally, another legend says the structure was formed by earth falling off the Devil's shovel as he tried to dig a hole in the South Downs.

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