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A Collection of Lancashire Dialect Poems, Photographs, Phrases & Sayings from around the Wigan area. By Jeff Unsworth

Th'Unsworth Dragon ( Translation )


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The Unsworth Dragon

In 1845 just outside Bury
A little old village stood.
The legend say's folk got quite frightened.
For a dragon was lurking about in the wood.

Now, the villagers they all got together
For the problem had become dire.
So they sent off a message to London.
To ask for some help from this squire.

Squire Thomas Unsworth, was a local.
But for some reason he was'nt about.
So he travelled up north on his charger.
With the intentions of sorting this out.

He was told of this fearsome dragon.
Plaguing the Unsworth's land.
And being a recognized warrior.
Thought he'd go up and give them a hand.

He tackled this here dragon.
Using all of the tricks that he knew.
But at first he could'nt master it.
And did'nt know what else to do.


He got a right excellent idea.
That would send this old dragon to hell.
He took out his favorite dagger
And fitted it into his petronel.

Holding that gun close to his chest
Then angering that dragon… it's said.
Thomas shot in the throat with that dagger.
The moment it lifted it's head.

Now… with that same dagger a table was carved.
Which apparently still can be seen. (seed)
Along with a few other relics
To commemorate this fearless deed.

Now if you go to Unsworth…. this village of note.
And you ever feel like a flaggon.
Look for the pub in the village.
The pub they named after "The Dragon "

Wigan Dialect Copyright © 1998 Jeff Unsworth

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