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56 57 at Bache Pool at Moston just as it was about to eat a small child. The family crest is a dragon with a child in its mouth. Perhaps the legend was a misinterpretation of a heraldic drawing see Heraldry. Middlewich Church has a chapel dedicated to the Venables family. Mordiford, Hereford Worcester, England. The Mordiford Dragon. The dragon was killed, by a villain called Garston, as it slithered down Serpent Lane to the River Lugg. Garston hid in an iron spiked barrel and persuaded the dragon to attack him it was cut to pieces on the spikes. There was once a painting of the dragon on the wall of the church but it was destroyed in 1810. Nunnington, Yorkshire. England, The Dragon of Loschy Hill. Peter Loschy slew a dragon on a hill by wearing a suit of armour studded with sharp blades which cut the dragon to pieces when it tried to crush him. Both Peter and his dog died when they touched the dragons poisonous blood. The place of the battle is now named Loschy Hill. Nearby Nunnington Church contains a tomb of a knight with his feet partly destroyed resting on what could be the remains of a dog or a lion. However the tomb has no identification and is considered too old to apply here. Penshaw, Durham, England, The Lambton Worm. Worm Hill around which the Worm coiled can be seen in North Biddick on the bank of the Wear River. Also to be seen is a replica of the well where the worm spent its formative years and according to legend growed and growed, and growed to an awful size. Renwick, Cumberland, England. The Renwick Cockatrice. This strange creature escaped from the foundations of the local church when it was demolished. John Tallantine killed the dragon using the branch of the rowan tree which is reputed to have magical powers. Slingsby, Yorkshire, England. The Long Slingsby Serpent. A local hero, Wyvill, and his dog slew the dragon which was documented as being either one mile or eighteen yards long but both perished in the attempt. The coat of arms of the Wyvilles has a Wyvern upon it. The serpent dwelt in a large hole, probably a disused limestone quarry which looked like a cuplike hollow, half a mile from the town. Sockburn, County Durham , England. The Sockburn Worm. The legend of the variously named Wyrm coiled round Wormington Hill marked the hill with vermicular traces. Somerville was created Baron of Linton and given the post of Royal Falconer. In Linton Church there is a carving of a man, with a creature that could be a falcon, slaying a dragon. Llandeilo Graham, Powys, Wales. The Dragon in the Tower. The local church tower was the roosting place of a terror inspiring dragon. A cunning plough boy made a dummy of a dragon with knives and hooks sticking out of it and placed it in the tower when the dragon was away. The dragon returned, attacked the dummy and was impaled upon its spikes. It is thought that this legend was inspired by a draconian weather vane that used to be on the church tower. Longwitton, Thurston, Northumberland, England The Wells of the Invisible Dragon. The people of Longwitton were unable to use their three wells because they sensed the presence of a dragon although it was invisible. The legendary hero Guy of Warwick was passing though by and agreed to fight the dragon as he had a magic eye ointment that enabled him to see his adversary below. After a prodigious fight, Guy was able to kill the dragon and the local people were able to use the healing wells again. Lyminster, Sussex, England, The Knuckler. The Knuckler lived in an almost bottomless pool called The Knuckler Hole which can be seen north west of Lyminster near the church which contains a Norman coffin lid called the Slayers Stone said to belong to the Knucklers killer. Middlewich, Cheshire, England. The Moston Dragon. Sir Thomas Venables shot a dragon in the eye armour he fought the beast for two days and two nights. Eventually More kicked the dragon in a vulnerable place, his arsehole, which ended the creatures life. The scene of the ballad is a place called Warncliffe Lodge, generally known as Wantley, a mile from the village called Wortley. The More coat of arms bears a green dragon. Wherwell, Hampshire, England, SU9676. The Wherwell Cockatrice. This monster, hatched by a toad incubating a ducks egg, lived in a crypt beneath Werwell Priory and caused much devastation in the surrounding area. A man called Green destroyed the cockatrice by lowering a polished metal mirror into its den. The cockatrice fiercely attacked its own reflection in the mirror with such vigour that it killed itself. There is an area called Greens acre at Wherwell. There was said to be a weather vane in the shape of a cockatrice on a tower there but no trace of it now exists. Wiston, Pembrokeshire, Wales. The Wiston Cockatrice. Centuries ago, there were several claimants to the estate of Castle Gwys, now known as Wiston. It was agreed by the family that if anyone of them could observe a multieyed cockatrice, who lived in a hole in a bank near the castle, without it seeing him would gain the estate. One wily claimant devised a plan he secured himself in a barrel and peered at the cockatrice through its bunghole as the barrel rolled down the hill past the cockatrices lair. This stratagem won him the estate. Sockburn Worm, dragon, wyvern or ask is one of the oldest in the country. Sir John Conyers killed the Worm with a weapon called the Conyers Falchion which is still used in the inauguration rites of the bishops of Durham. The falchion can be seen in Durham Cathedral Treasury. In the grounds of Sockburn Hall is the remains of a church containing an effigy of a knight in armour with a lion fighting a dragon at its feet. A manuscript in the British Museum recounts the legend. Uffington, Oxfordshire, England, SU3089 Another Site of St. George Killing the Dragon. Below the chalkhill figure of the White Horse of Uffington in the White Horse Vale is Dragon Hill where, again, there is a bald patch of ground where the dragons dying blood is said to have poisoned the earth. In Saxon times King Certics warriors were said to have slain the Pendragon Naud and his army here, perhaps that is how it got its name. It has been suggested that the stylised chalk carving here is a dragon and not a horse. Wantley, Yorkshire. England. The Dragon of Wantley. A 17th century ballad recounts the story of the fate of the dragon of Wantley. The dragon is described as having forty four teeth of iron, long claws, a sting in his tail, a tough hide and two wings, It lived in Yorkshire near Rotherham and the people thereabouts begged More of More Hall to kill it. He agreed in exchange for a fair maid of sixteen and armed with the traditional spiked
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