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Dragons in the Landscape (and in the flesh)

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.

Poisonous Lizard

Location: Slingsby (Yorkshire) - Road from Hovingham to Malton
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A great lizard that lived along this road, feasting on lonely travellers at night, was killed by a local hero and his pet dog. Unfortunately, both the victors died soon after the battle due to the delayed effect of the dragon's poison. One story says that the dragon was over a mile long.

Impenetrable Dragon

Location: Newcastle Emlyn (Dyfed) - Ruined castle in the area (may no longer be standing)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dragon whose armoured scales rendered it virtually invincible was killed by a soldier who managed to shoot the creature in its one weak spot - up the bottom. When the dragon's body hit the nearby river venom gushed out, killing all fish.

An old woodcut of a dragon as it fights and eats a snake.

Dragon's Home

Location: Ludham (Norfolk) - Ruins of St Benet's Abbey
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A local legend says that a dragon once moved to the vault here after local people prevented the creature from entering its former home in a hill.

An old woodcut of a dragon breathing fire.

Dragon's Lair

Location: Handale (Yorkshire) - Scaw Wood
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Living off maidens and the odd monk, the dragon was finally slain when a man wearing heat proof armour stabbed him through the neck. As a reward, he married the surviving maiden discovered in the lair.

Sea Dragon

Location: Orford (Suffolk) - Sea between Orford and Southwold
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Circa 1749
Further Comments: Several fishermen were attacked by a winged crocodile-like creature which they snagged in their nets while off the coast in this area. The beast killed one man and disabled another before being slain. The creature measured around 1.2 metres in length (though was said to be larger when alive) and possessed two legs with cloven feet.

Multi-headed Dragon

Location: Crowcombe (Somerset) - Shervage Wood
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two men from the village engaged a double-headed winged lizard that terrorised the area, winning the battle by forcing the creature to eat burning pitch. Carvings on the benches in the Church of the Holy Ghost show some of the battle.

An old woodcut of a wingless dragon.

Long Wyrm

Location: Holford (Somerset) - Shervage Wood
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This wood was once the home of a long dragon, which caused some concern prior to being hacked apart by a forester.

Off the coast of Christchurch - one of the sites of a dragon attack.

Sea Dragon

Location: Christchurch (Dorset) - Skies above and off coast
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Circa 1113
Further Comments: The third abbot of Saint Martin of Tournai documented the arrival of a five headed dragon in Christchurch. The dragon was said to have emerged from the sea and taken flight towards the town, destroying the church and many of the surrounding houses (but not those occupied by the abbot and his entourage). The dean of the destroyed church tried to escape by boat, but the vessel was also incinerated (although the dean escaped harm).

An old postcard of Leicester.

Spit Fire

Location: Leicester (Leicestershire) - Skies over town
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: April 1389
Further Comments: Seen flying and spitting fire, the dragon passed over the town many times during the month.

The cover of an old booklet showing the Horsham Dragon.

Poisonous Dragon

Location: Horsham (Sussex) - St Leonard's Forest
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: 1614 (dragon), eighteenth century (headless figure)
Further Comments: This wooded area was home to a nine foot long dragon in the seventeenth century - it killed men with its poison, but did not eat them, preferring rabbits and smaller creatures. It was coloured black, with a red belly. Even today, there are reports of another unknown creature that travels in the branches of the trees, rarely descending to the forest floor. A nineteenth century story has a headless phantom, named as Squire Paulett by some, which would leap on to the back of any horses being ridden through the forest. The entity would hold on tight and ride pillion, vanishing when its victim reached the edge of the forest.

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.

Vortigern's Tower

Location: Dinas Emrys (Gwynedd) - Thought to be location where the spring can be found
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Every time construction started on Vortigern's Tower, it collapsed. Vortigern asked the druids why this was, and they recommended sacrificing a boy to settle the earth. A young lad was brought, but he told Vortigern that the tower fell because two mighty dragons fought beneath the ground in a stone chest. This boy grew up to become Merlin.

Warty Dragon

Location: Longwitton (Northumberland) - Three wells near village
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This wyrm is said to have found the water from the wells so refreshing he set up home here. The creature was described as having a black tongue, long tail, warty skin, and very sharp claws. It was finally killed by Sir Guy of Warwick.

Dragon's Mine

Location: Manaton (Devon) - Unknown tin mine
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A winged lizard set up its lair in an old tin mine and its hissing heard for miles around. The dragon was killed in the pit, but no one appears to have wanted to take credit.

An old woodcut of a dragon wearing a crown while sitting in flames.

The Mordiford Dragon

Location: Mordiford (Hereford & Worcester) - Village and surrounding countryside
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Raised in secret by a local lass after she found the creature on the roadside, this dragon grew up and began to eat the locals and their livestock; the beast never touched its surrogate mother. The creature was finally killed, though the stories differ to whom carried out the slaying.

An old woodcut of a winged serpent.

Winged Snake

Location: Pistyll Rhaeadr (Powys) - Waterfall
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A flesh eating serpent that lived on top of the waterfall was killed by locals who antagonised the beast until it attacked a scarlet cloth that concealed jagged spears.

Buried Wyrm

Location: Drakelow (Derbyshire) - Winlatter Rock
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Circa 772?
Further Comments: A dragon is mentioned in a document dating to 772 as being buried in a prehistoric tumulus.

A dragon carved in wood.

Limbless Worm

Location: Bishop Auckland (Durham) - Wooded area
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A creature, said by legend to be a long, hostile worm, but likely to have been a boar, inhabited an oak wood and would attack man and beast. It was slain by a member of the Pollard family.

Ghostly Dragon

Location: Faygate (Sussex) - Wooded areas
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Many years ago, before the construction of the road and railway, a large lizard creature was said to reside here. It possessed qualities more like a ghost than a physical creature.


Location: Salop (Hereford & Worcester) - Wormelow (barrow)
Type: Dragon
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A dragon was said to protect hidden gold in this barrow.

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