Here’s an idea: how about a ‘village sign’ for Draycott… in the shape of a dragon? The money is available to have it carved, so why not?
After all, village-signs are now very popular – neighbouring Fulford has had a very smart one since 2013. And we have the ideal site for it – on the roadside bank down from the church cemetery…
The money is available too. A community projects fund has been set up by the Draycott Council out of a grant from the Lower Newton Solar Farm, and, so far, there are only a few ideas of what to use the money for.
But why a village sign in the shape of a dragon?
Well… here we have to examine the murky past of the village – and we find out that dragons have been associated with the village for a very long time!
There is the legend of an appearance of one in the village back in olden times, the second dragon connection comes through St Margaret of Antioch, the patron saint of our parish church as the dragon is her symbol…
And a big dragon connection with the village comes through the Draycott family, because a pun the Latin word for dragon (‘draco’) fitted the family name nicely! The most famous member of the family, Anthony Draycott, even had the symbol of a dragon-head carved on his own memorial church-pew.
To read up on the whole dragon & Draycott connection, read our article: Dragons & Draycott
So, dragons do have an association with Draycott – but, is a dragon a suitable sign for a quiet village?
Well, dragons are not just devouring monsters, they are in fact known as guardians. The famous Welsh Dragon is a defender of the country, as well as a symbol of the inhabitants’ great spirit.
So, a dragon could be seen as the village guardian…
And what of the practicalities?
Well, we do have a local wood-sculptor who might be persuaded to carve a figure. Anthony Hammond is his name, and he is well-known to most of us in Draycott, being both a local man and someone who pops up regularly to show off his skills at the Draycott Summer Fayre.
Well… the community fund money does have to be spent on something, so it’s a thought, isn’t it?
If you too have ideas for what could be done with the Draycott Council Community Fund, just contact the council clerk; or come along to any council meeting – the public section starts at 7.30 – and make your suggestion to the councillors.
Reference: The story of the dragon that appeared in ancient Draycott appears in an article by Rev Thomas Barns entitled ‘On Some Ancient Sites in North Staffordshire’ which can be found in the Journal of the North Staffordshire Field Club Volume 42 (1908)