Black Shuck and Other Black Dog Reports

 
Disappearing Dog

Location: Soulbury (Buckinghamshire) - Road between Soulbury & Stewkley
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1880
Further Comments: A large black dog here often escorted a local farmer as he drove his cart to market. When a girl tried to pat its head, it vanished.


 
Doggy Escort

Location: South Muskham (Nottinghamshire) - Crow Lane, between village and Bathley
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century, and 1910s
Further Comments: A black dog would often appear along this road, trotting by the side of horse riders and motorcyclists.


 
Cusith

Location: South Uist (Outer Hebrides) - Road alongside Lochnan Eilean
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: September 1949
Further Comments: A woman walking with two friends in the pitch dark watched as a self-illuminating dog, the size of a collie but with a small head and no eyes, ran towards her. The creature vanished as it bounded past, but the two men with her saw nothing at all. Once she reached home and described what had happened to her aunt, the older woman told her it was a Cusith, a fairy dog.


 
Calf Sized Dog

Location: Southend-on-Sea (Essex) - Road between Rochford/Ashingdon & Hullbridge
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1991
Further Comments: A calf-sized dog walking on the other side of the road was spotted by the passenger in a car (although not by the driver), unnerving the witness considerably.


 
Black Dog

Location: St Audries (Somerset) - Road between village and Holford
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: If it was not bad enough that this stretch of road was haunted by a shuck, some also say the area is also home to a phantom coffin that lies ominously in the middle of the lane and also a grey misty shade of indeterminate origin.


 
Noisy Dog

Location: St Blazey (Cornwall) - Road near town
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black dog (some say it is a bear) is said to have sounded like a horse trotting, startling the witnesses who had expected to see a pony.


 
Black Dog

Location: St Giles In the Wood (Devon) - Lanes in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late nineteenth / early twentieth century
Further Comments: A large black dog was said to haunt the lanes and the farms in this area, as far down as Copplestone.


 
Headless Dog

Location: St Peter Port (Guernsey) - Ville-au-Roi
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large black headless dog was said to patrol this road at night. Those brave enough to strike out at it hit nothing but air.


 
Calf Sized Hound

Location: St Pierre du Bois (Guernsey) - Road leading to St Saviours from L'Eree
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: This large black dog was said to have caused one man to die of shock after it sat in his cart.


 
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.


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