Deerhurst is a tiny village in Gloucestershire. In the Dark Ages it was part of the kingdom of Mercia. Its significance to the Anglo-Saxons and our understanding of the Dark Ages is remarkable and completely outweighs its size.
But for me, the really exciting thing is the carvings inside Saint Mary's Church. There are lots of beasts and animals included in the ornate carvings. One such sculpture looks like an angel, but the one depicted above looks like a dragon. Which is strange.
Legend says that a dragon came out from the River Severn and worried the cattle and poisoned the folk at Deerhurst. The king at the time offered a reward to anyone who could rid the village of the beast. A simple man named John Smith devised a trap using milk to lure the dragon. When it came to sup the milk, John chopped its head off.
The king was true to his word and gave Smith a whole load of land as a reward. Allegedly, his descendants still farm the land today.
Perhaps the dragon sculpture represents this story as history or maybe it was to warn the Vikings who raided this area. Who knows. As far as I'm concerned, Deerhurst was the home of a dragon so I will always tread carefully, just in case.