Black Shuck and Other Black Dog Reports

 
Wish Hounds

Location: Dartmoor (Devon) - Wistman's Wood, one mile north of Two Bridges
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Large black dogs are rumoured to hunt in this area of the moors - they once killed the son of a farmer.


 
Black Dog

Location: Dean Combe (Devon) - Area near waterfall
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The ghost of a local weaver metamorphed into a great black dog when the village vicar threw consecrated earth into his face - the hound was then taken to a pool by the waterfall and instructed to only harass people once it had emptied the water using a small cracked shell.


 
Huge Hound

Location: Deane Water Bottom (Wiltshire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2008
Further Comments: The phantom black dog that haunted this area was believed by some to be a former murderer, or the Devil. The dog was said to have been banished in 1931, after a local Reverend buried some bones in the churchyard which had been discovered in a cottage, although it has been seen since, most recently in 2008 by a witness who described it as having an abnormally shiny coat and a spiked collar.


 
Dog with Long Shaggy Coat

Location: Ditchingham (Norfolk) - Half way between Ditchingham and the Maltings
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1938
Further Comments: While returning home late one night, a male witness saw a large black dog walking along the same path towards him. He stepped into the middle of the road to let it pass, only to see it disappear once close to him.


 
Wish Hounds

Location: Ditchling (Sussex) - Road between town & Westmeston, and nearby downs
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The local shucks, known as wish hounds, reportedly stalk these roads. One of them is said to be headless.


 
Black Dog

Location: Donhead St Mary (Wiltshire) - Watery Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1950s
Further Comments: The hound that haunted this road was not thought to be harmful, though the locals were said to be afraid of travelling here at night.


 
Hound

Location: Donohill (County Tipperary) - Road outside rectory
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A black dog was said to haunt this stretch of road, although there have been no sightings for at least one hundred years.


 
Black Hound

Location: Down St Mary (Devon) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This dark hound reportedly patrols the village from dusk until dawn.


 
Pack of Hounds

Location: Droysden (Lancashire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hunting pack of black dogs are reported to chase the unwary in this area of Lancashire.


 
Lord Norbury

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Cabra district
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Winter (reoccurring)
Further Comments: The otherworldly black hound which stalks the area is said to be the ghost of Lord Norbury, a harsh judge renown for his overuse of the hangman's noose.


 
Chained Hound

Location: Dublin (County Dublin) - Pussy's Leap, Templeogue area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early / mid twentieth century
Further Comments: The large black canine which walked his area created the sound of jangling chains with each step it took.


 
Glowing Eyes

Location: Dundar (Lothian) - Woods in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A witness recounted how friends were terrified by a strange black dog with glowing red eyes which appeared and disappeared around them. The sightings were accompanied by high pitched screeching.


 
Stalking Hound

Location: East Dereham (Norfolk) - Between village and (former) RAF Swanton Morley
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: November 1945
Further Comments: Cycling from his home towards the RAF base, John Harries was stalked by a black dog. The hound stopped when Harries stopped, although it vanished when Harries reached the base.


 
Headless Shuck

Location: East Runton (Norfolk) - Runton Heath, between East Runton and Aylmerton
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Manifesting on dark stormy nights, this shuck brings death to those who see him within a year.


 
Three Hounds

Location: Eastbourne (Sussex) - Willingdon area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Seeing one shuck is often thought of as an ill omen - the three which seem to haunt this area in a pack are a guaranteed bad portent.


 
Big Animal

Location: Edale (Derbyshire) - Area around The Tips
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1930s
Further Comments: A large, black ghostly dog is reputed to walk around The Tips area.


 
Headless Hound

Location: Eggholme (Cumbria) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The large black dog which brings death and misfortune in this neighbourhood is reportedly headless.


 
Barguest

Location: Egton (Yorkshire) - Area around the Esk Valley
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Prior to local death
Further Comments: This northern variant of the shuck is seen just prior to the death of a local man or woman.


 
Black Hound

Location: Ennistymon (aka Ennistimon) (County Clare) - Ennistymon House (now Falls Hotel)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The grounds around this house were said to be home to a black dog, which despite its size, was quite harmless.


 
Postman's Dog

Location: Ewenny (Mid Glamorgan) - Crossroads where one road leads to Ogmore
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown, likely nineteenth century
Further Comments: A postman reported that he would see a large phantom black dog every night, watching the creature move silently as if on a mission.


 
Black Dog

Location: Felixstowe (Suffolk) - Coastline
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This port town is rumoured to be patrolled by the black shuck, though there are no dated reports of the entity being seen here.


 
Black Animal

Location: Fingest (Buckinghamshire) - Road between Fingest and Skirmett
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A large black dog-like animal was once said to stand under a tree along this road, snarling at travellers.


 
Dog with Glowing Eyes

Location: Formby (Lancashire) - Coastline
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 31 October 1962
Further Comments: Locally known as 'Old Trash', this black dog bounds along the dunes leaving no prints or marks in the soft sand. He was last seen by two journalists and a photographer, though it is unclear whether an image was caught of the entity.


 
Labrador

Location: Foxham (Wiltshire) - Crossroads near the church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1936
Further Comments: Author Hugh Brawn encountered a black Labrador-like shuck here. The thin creature crossed the road in front of him but vanished before reaching the other side.


 
Devil & Shuck

Location: Foxley (Norfolk) - Near a waterway & hill?
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1602
Further Comments: Believed to have occurred in 1602, a miller was harassed by the Devil. The Fallen Angel tried to talk to the miller, who refused to stop working. The Devil gave up, turning into a large black dog before running away.


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