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    Long Lankin – Lindsay Barraclough

    “Said my lord to my lady, as he mounted his horse; ‘Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the moss.’ Said my lord to my lady, as he rode away: ‘Beware of Long Lankin that lives in the hay.’ ‘let the doors be all bolted and the windows all pinned, And leave not a hole for a mouse to creep in.’” For years the children of Bryers Guerdon have been warned against Long Lankin, the beast who attacks small children who find themselves in the local churchyard. The whole story is thought to be a legend, a myth, but the adults know there must be some element of truth to…