Inoshishi Machi Dojo

The Dojo of the Town of the Wild Boar


According to legend the boar became Bradford's emblem because of an incident in the Middle Ages. A boar was terrorising a wood near the town. (Wild boars were vicious animals.) The Lord of the Manor offered a reward to anyone who could kill it. A hunter named John Nothrop saw it drinking at a well. He killed the boar and cut out its tongue to prove it was dead. However, a little later another hunter saw the boar. He cut off its head and took it to the Lord before Nothrop could get there. However he could not explain why the boar's tongue was missing. Nothrop then turned up with the tongue and he was given land as a reward.