Brass Castle - Here Be Dragons
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The eighth and penultimate can of our Bigger Picture series is imminent.Â This one takes in myths and legends of East Yorkshire.
âHere Be Dragonsâ centres its imagery on the story of the formation of Filey Brigg â in short, that a dangerous local dragon was tricked into eating a large quantity of parkin: the sticky cake got stuck to its teeth so it went to the sea to wash them.Â East Yorkshire folk then took the opportunity to ambush the dragon and drowned it.Â Some think that Filey Brigg is the fossilised bones of the dragon, but others think that the dragon is still there and just sleeping.
The reputed witch, Peg Fyfe, is also depicted in the print.Â Peg Fyfe led a gang of criminals in the Market Weighton area of East Yorkshire during the 17th century.Â She was feared and detested in equal measure and infamously flayed a young man alive after he betrayed her before a raid to steal horses.Â But she didnât escape the hangmanâs noose