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Seventeenth-Century English Dragons May 28, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Seventeenth-Century English Dragons

Beachcombing recently highlighted the case of a giant serpent in nineteenth-century Devon, a snake that was as thick as a thigh. Beach had assumed that this was a one off, but now he is wondering as he found a second reference to go with it. This one comes from a pamphlet with a straight-to-the-point title: The […]

P.R.A.W.N.S. October 5, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary

*** Dedicated to Ricardo*** One of teenage Beachcombing’s favourite films was Ealing Studios fabulous Passport to Pimlico that describes a small London borough seceding from the United Kingdom in the years after the Second World War. Classic scenes include a tube train jittering to a halt and a ladder coming down through the roof so […]

The Midsummer Oak and its Skeletons July 8, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
The Midsummer Oak and its Skeletons

**This post is dedicated to New Moon who sent the oak story in** Here is a little bit of Sussex folklore which manages to combine English zombies, the delicate whiff of cobblers and, best of all, a famous oak. The oak tree in question is the Midsummer Oak at Broadwater, Worthing and the legend in […]