The Dragon of Knucker Hole

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Long ago, in the land of Sussex, there resided a Knucker (water dragon) in a deep pond, near the village of Lyminster. The Knucker was a terrifying beast, with huge wings the size of church steeples, and teeth as sharp as swords. All who ventured near the pond, would be eaten by the mighty beast. He would often venture out of the hole to terrorise the local villagers, or to eat their livestock. The villagers soon got so fed up of being eaten, they requested the kings help to rid them of the troublesome beast. The king set a huge reward on the Knuckers head, promising anyone who could slay it a lifetime of riches and pleasure. People flocked to Knuckers hole to try and slay the dragon, however they where all killed or wounded, for the Knucker was clever and fierce.

The beast was deemed unslayable by the local populace, and the stream of knights and lords came to a steady stop.  However, in their darkest hour, up stepped a local man, named Jim Puttock. The people laughed and mocked Jim, saying he could not slay the beast, he was to weak and feeble. However, Jim had no intention of using force, he decided to outwit the Knucker. Jim baked a huge pie, and poisoned it. He left for Knucker hole, the people taunting and laughing. When he arrived, the dragon saw him, and decided to try and lure Jim into the pond, to drown and eat him. “How-do, man?” said the dragon, in an unconvincing tone of welcome, “What you got there?” questioned  the dragon, upon seeing the pie. “puddin’ ” Replied Jim. Offering the dragon a bite. “jus’ try” said Jim, with a sly smile. The Knucker let out a roar of delight, and consumed the pie in one gulp. The poison had an immediate effect, with the beast falling into a deep slumber. Jim quickly grabbed his axe, cut of the beasts head, and dragged to the village. The villagers cheered and partied, knowing they would never be bothered by aKnucker again. Jim went to a pub to celebrate, drinking and eating, telling the story of how he slayed the beast. But Jim should have been more careful, because he hadn’t washed the poison off his hands.

He was killed, and buried in the local villages church.

You can go to Lyminster today, and see Knuckers hole, and in the church, there is a stained glass window, detailing Jim’s heroic defeat of  the Knucker.

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