Walking the High Weald
Nothing less than a flying dragon is said to haunt the pond of Angley Wood but, on certain – or uncertain – nights of the year, it wings its flight over the park and pays a visit to the big lake yonder. But he always returns to the Mill Pond and it is said to pay special attention of a vicious kind to young men and women who have jilted their lovers.
A legend with a moral is this.
But a winged dragon! A dragon of the ordinary kind is bad enough. But a flying dragon! Augh!
‘A Saunter though Kent with Pen and Pencil’:
Sir Charles Igglesden, published in 1906.
Mr Sackett Tomlin, was a tobacco importer who bought Angley Park in 1869 and demolished the mansion to build a new one ‘of no special architectural merit’ (Igglesden). On his death in 1876, the property passed to his son, Edward Locke Tomlin, who lived there until 1929 when the estate was broken up and the dragon finally flew away – or did he?
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