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Devil's Dyke (West Sussex)



[Hilaire Belloc told the story] of how St Dunstan pulled the Devil's nose with red-hot tongs at Mayfield, making this a sequel to the [Devil's Dyke story below]. I have also recently heard a friend of mine associate the two tales, but in the reverse order; according to him, when the Devil felt the hot tongs at Mayfield, he leapt into the air and hurtled out to sea to cool his nose, kicking the Downs with his hoof as he passed overhead. The Dyke is the mark left by his kick. My informant thinks he learnt this unusual variant at Mayfield, not in the neighbourhood of the Dyke itself.
p210 of
Sussex Local Legends
Jacqueline Simpson
Folklore, Vol. 84, No. 3. (Autumn, 1973), pp. 206-223.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th December 2006ce

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