- Aug 2, 2001
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There is a theory that crocs were a free-gift or novelty which salesmen offered to apothecaries. Almost every image of ye old drugge-shoppes has one on display, almost becoming the emblem of the trade. They were probably representative of the Nile Crocodile, as Egypt was the supposed source of so many powders and potions. I doubt it the suppliers were too fussy about the source of their crocs or their stocks.Apotropaic talisman?
The school may have acquired the thing as a teaching-aid or a sporting mascot. Primary Schools are often in buildings which once covered a wider age-range.
It is interesting that there was an oral tradition of the burial: maybe a tribe of kids were once compelled to witness some laying of the foundations and the decaying specimen was given a decent send-off. Could it once have been a rugby mascot? I doubt if a Welsh school would be encouraging belief in talismans, despite their pointy hats!