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54 55 is said to be the place where the dying dragons blood poisoned the earth. Close by is Wormsley village. Bures, Essex, England. The Elusive dragon. A 13th century wall painting of a dragon in nearby Wissington may be the likeness of a dragon who was sighted here briefly in 1405. CnocnaCnoimh, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The Worm of Cnocna Cnoimh. A farmer, Hector Gunn, killed the Worm because he could not stand its poisonous breath. He used a spear on the tip of which was a lump of peat soaked in boiling pitch which he thrust down the worms throat. The hillside, CnocnaCnoimh means wormhill, is ringed by spiral undulations said to have been caused by the worm in its death throes. Crowcombe, Somerset, England. The Gurt Vurm of Shervage Wood. Crowcombe Church contains bench end carvings of men and dragons fighting and dragons with foliage issuing from their mouths. When the Vurm was cut in two by a woodsman, one end went to Bilbrook where a dragon can be seen on a wall painting in Cleeve Abbey, there is also a hotel in Bilbrook called The Dragon House and Dragon Cross is nearby. The other half of the Vurm went to Kingston St. Mary where there is another dragon killing legend, perhaps it was the other half of the Vurm. Dalry, dumfries and Galloway, Scotland The White Serpent The lord of Galloway offered a reward to whomsoever would kill a corpse eating giant serpent that lived in Dalray coiled around Mote Hill. A blacksmith gained the reward by covering himself with spikes and goading the serpent into swallowing him. The spikes tore the serpent to pieces and for three days the waters of the Ken ran red with blood. Deerhurst, Gloucestershire, England. The Deerhurst Dragon. A labourer, John Smith won an estate on Walton Hill by killing a dragon. He fed it with milk until it relaxed and went to sleep, Then he took his gazetteer of InterestIng dragon sItes Aller, Somerset. The Flying Serpent. The giant winged serpent lived in a den on Round Hill until it was slain by the Lord of Aller with the help of several of his labourers. In Aller church there is an effigy of the knight while at nearby Low Ham Church is a spear said to be the one that killed the dragon Anwick, Lincolnshire. The Drake. A field known as Drake Stone close was said to be the home of a treasure guarding dragon. A boulder in the field, now broken, is known as the Drake Stone. Drake , an old name for a dragon was forgotten when the story was retold as the creature described, rising out of the ground, was a quacking duck Bamburgh, Northumberland, England. The Laidly Worm of Spindlestone Heugh see Worm. The legend can be seen displayed at Bamburgh Castle the Spindlestone, sometimes known as the Bridlestone, where the Worm coiled herself, can be seen nearby at Spindlestone Heugh. Bisterne Park, Hampshire, England. The Fiery Dragon of Bistern. Sir Maurice de Berkeley slew a fire breathing dragon in an area called Dragon Field. His two dogs died in the battle, Sir Maurice died later. At Bisterne Park there is a carved dragon over the main entrance and statues of two dogs in the grounds. Brent Pelham, Herts, England. The Brent Pelham Dragon. The Brent Pelham dragon dwelt in a cave under the roots of an old yew tree that stood on the boundary of Great and little Peppersall Fields. The local church contains the tomb of Piers Shonks who was reputed to have killed the savage Brent Pelham dragon by thrusting his spear down its throat at nearby Peppsall Field. Brinsop, Hereford Worcester, England. St. George Slays the Dragon. The church at Brinsop is dedicated to St George and has a fine tympanum showing the saint spearing a wormlike dragon. The dragon lived in Dragons Well in Ducks Pool meadow to the south of the church and the bare patch in Lower Stanks field never return and this it did. King Arthurs stronghold is said to be Dunster Castle and Ker Moor was where the serpent dwelt. Kilve, Somerset, England. Blue Ben. In the museum at Taunton is the skull of an ichthyosaurus which, at one time according to legend, was said to be that of a dragon called Blue Ben. The dragon lived on Putsham Hill and drowned in the mud at Kilve. Kirkton of Strathmartin, Angus, Scotland. The Legend of Nine Tempting Maidens see Worm. Martins Stone where Martin killed a dragon, after it had eaten nine maidens when they went to a well at Pitempton, can be seen in a field to the north of Baldragon Wood below. The dying dragon uttered these words I was tempit at Pitempton, Draiglet dragged at Baldragon, Striken at Strikemartin, And killed at Martinstane. These are all place names in the surrounding area. Nine Maidens well has been filled in and can no longer be seen. Lake Cynwch, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, Wales. The Wyvern of Cynwch Lake. The Wyvern lived in the lake until it was killed by a shepherd lad with the help of the inhabitants of the Monastery of the Standard. There is a National Trust footpath around the edge of the lake and Cymmer Abbey The Monastery of the Standard and a 20th century Druid stone circle are in the area. Linton, Roxburghshire, Scotland. The Wyrm of Wyrmiston. This Wyrm was killed by Norman Somerville, Laird of Larriston who thrust a lance, tipped with a lump of peat dipped in scalding tar, down its throat. This is a similar technique to the slaying of the CnocnaCnoimh Worm. The contractions of the dying axe and chopped off its head. The church has a number of stone heads said to be dragons heads over the outer doors, the inner doors, a window and the chancel arch. Dinas Emrys, Snowdonia, Wales. The Red and White Fighting Dragons see Dragons in Heraldry. Remains of an Iron age hill fort can be seen on the top of Dinas Emrys. The area is private land. Handale, Yorkshire, England. The Handale Worm. A gallant youth named Scaw slew the Handale Worm, rescued an earls daughter and married her. In the now demolished Benedictine Handale Priory a stone coffin was found which contained an Elizabethan sword. It was said to be that of the dragon slayer. Scaw Wood, a wood bearing the name of the dragon killer is nearby. Henham, Essex, England. The Essex Serpent. The serpent was first mentioned in a pamphlet in 1669. It was described as being about eight feet long with large eyes, fierce looking teeth and very small wings. It was sighted several times before it disappeared. There is a medieval carving of a dragon in St. Marys Church at Henham. Horsham, Sussex, England. The Dragon of St.Leonards Forest. In St. Leonards forest with its great old trees and hammer ponds is Dragon Inn, beds of lillyofthevalley mark the place where St Leonards blood is said to have flowed and changed into these flowers as he fought the dragon lillyofthevalley is one of the symbols of the coming of Christ. Kellington, West Yorkshire, England. The Serpent of Kellington. The surrounding woodlands harboured a giant serpent who devoured all the sheep in the area. A shepherd aided by his dog and wielding a crook eventually killed the monster although both shepherd and dog died in the attempt. Kellington Church contains the Kellington Serpent Stone, a monument carved with a cross, on one side is a weathered serpent and on the other a human figure and an animal. Ker Moor, Somerset, England. St. Carantocs Serpent. A kinder fate befell a terrible serpent that devastated the landscape around Ker Moor. St. Carantoc approached the serpent who meekly allowed the saint to put his stole around its neck. Carantoc brought the serpent to King Arthurs stronghold but would not let it be killed. He ordered it to go away and
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