Black Shuck and other Devil Dog reports

 
Shuck

Location: Stapleford (Cambridgeshire) - Wandlebury Hillfort
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: Large black dogs run about this area, a witness claiming to have seen one the size of a pony.


 
Pack

Location: Stevenage (Hertfordshire) - Six Hills (collection of barrows)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ancient site is patrolled by a pack of large black shucks. The barrows are said to have been constructed by the devil.


 
Harriet

Location: Stogursey (Somerset) - The Witch Tree
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The shuck which appears here is believed to contain the spirit of Harriet, once a local witch who remains much feared.


 
Phantom Pooch

Location: Stonehenge (Wiltshire) - Doghill Barrow
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This ancient burial mound is reportedly haunted by a dog, which conceals itself beneath the hill.


 
Shuck with a Monk's Body and Dog's Head

Location: Stowmarket (Suffolk) - Clopton Hall
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This strange entry in the 'shuck' category stands guard over a hidden hoard of gold. A legend states that St Felix instructed a monk and a dog to guard the buried treasure, and over the years the entities merged into a single presence.


 
Cat or Dog?

Location: Sturminster Newton (Dorset) - Castle ruins and Newton Hill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century
Further Comments: Reports vary on whether the creature that haunts this area is a large dog or very large cat. Either way, the entity was said to have large, saucer shaped eyes, and people went out of their way to avoid the area.


 
Headless Dog

Location: Swaledale (Yorkshire) - Humpbacked bridge leading to Ivelet
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The appearance of this headless hound denoted a forthcoming tragedy.


 
Black Dog

Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Hill in Toothill area (was known as The Toot)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hound was once believed to haunt the area, before the estate became a suburb of Swindon.


 
Black Dog

Location: Swindon (Wiltshire) - Road between Moredon and Haydon Wick
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The road between these two locations was once believed to be the haunt of a shuck.


 
Guard Dog

Location: Swinscoe (Staffordshire) - Leek to Ashbourne road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The site where three Jacobites are buried is haunted by a large black hound that ensures their graves are not disturbed.


 
Velvet Chain

Location: Tarrant Gunville (Dorset) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: An invisible dog runs around this area, with a chain as soft as velvet. One would imagine this makes it one of the hardest entities to detect in the whole of the UK. A legend says that a clump of yew trees in the region of the village conceal a silver table.


 
Black Dog Lies near Bed

Location: Theydon Bois (Essex) - Hill Hall
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: Never returning since the destruction of the building, a large black dog was seen on several occasions, lying across the beds.


 
Banishing the Dog

Location: Thorne St Margaret (Somerset) - Church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ancient custom of 'clipping the church' once preceded the chasing of the black dog, which was thought to be Satan, out of the village's boundary.


 
Horse sized Dog

Location: Thorney (Northamptonshire) - Woods in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Summer only (reoccurring)
Further Comments: This great dog is said to be the size of a small horse, also sharing a few other equestrian characteristics.


 
Bloody Tongue

Location: Thornton, Bradford (Yorkshire) - Jim Craven Well
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Though the exact location of the well has now been lost, it was guarded by a large black hound with glowing red eyes, known as 'Bloody Tongue'. The beast was sometimes accompanied by the ghost of an old hag with a storm lantern.


 
Barguest

Location: Throstlenest (Durham) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Little is known about the Throstlenest shuck, which patrols the area between Darlington and Houghton.


 
Vanishing Shuck

Location: Thurton (Norfolk) - Near the village, precise details unknown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: November 1944 / 1945
Further Comments: While cycling home, a witness reported that a large black dog had leapt out in front of him, before disappearing through a solid wall.


 
Huge Paws

Location: Tiree (Argyll and Bute) - Beach in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A traveller on Tiree came across a large mystery dog in the sand dunes. The following day he found paw prints the size of his palm.


 
Barking Hound

Location: Tiree (Argyll and Bute) - Cladach a Chrogain beach
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This harbinger of doom, known locally as a Cusith, was renowned for its barking - if it yapped once or twice, it was a sign everything was okay, but three times warned of incoming danger for the listener or their family. Some people believe that the creature can become semi-human in appearance.


 
Cu Sith

Location: Tiree (Argyll and Bute) - Unknown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Two boys spending the night in a shieling hut were awoken by the sound of a large creature on the roof howling. The next morning they discovered the large prints of a Cu Sith on the turf roof.


 
Pack of Hounds

Location: Todmorden (Yorkshire) - Area between Todmorden and Mankinholes
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 30 October (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Wailing at the moon, this pack of devil dogs run over both land and water looking for people to terrify.


 
Dog as Large as a Bike

Location: Tollesbury (Essex) - On the route to Jordan's Green, along the lane that leads up to Gorwell Hall.
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1920s
Further Comments: Shuck sightings appear quite common in this area. This encounter involved a woman coming face to face with a black dog with a bright red tongue, which was as large as her bicycle. It chased her (or ran alongside her, according to other stories) as she peddled down the road, disappearing soon after.


 
Snapping and Snarling Black Dog

Location: Tolleshunt D'Arcy (Essex) - B1026 coast road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1960s
Further Comments: A cyclist reported being attacked by a large black dog while travelling down the coast road. Leaping off his bike to scare the animal, it disappeared before his eyes.


 
Black Dog

Location: Torrington (Devon) - Torrington / Bideford road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: This wish hound has been seen running along this stretch of road.


 
Lean Hound

Location: Tring (Hertfordshire) - Area where gibbet once stood
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Pre 1863
Further Comments: A black, lean dog with fiery red eyes would stand in the middle of the road in his village, sinking into the ground if approached. It was thought to be the spirit of a chimneysweep executed for murder.


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