Black Shuck, Hellhounds, and Other Black Dog Reports

Large Black Dog

Location: Old Costessey (Norfolk) - Area around The Heart of Costessy Pub
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2005
Further Comments: A strange black dog was reported in this area in 2005.

Shrieking Dog

Location: Overstrand (Norfolk) - Shuck's Lane
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Shuck sightings were so abundant here that the parish named a lane after the beast - local legend also states when the creature disappears, it leaves the area charred and smelling of brimstone. The path leading to Cromer lighthouse is also rumoured to be popular with the creature.

Creature with One Yellow Eye

Location: Parson Drove (Cambridgeshire) - Throckenholt Bank
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1980s
Further Comments: A woman with her son reported seeing a creature with a single yellow eye that watched them from behind a bush. When it ran off, she could see that it was the size of a calf.

Vanishing Black Dog

Location: Peacehaven (Sussex) - Steps on cliffs leading down to beach
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2007
Further Comments: A jogger spotted a black dog just in front of him while moving down the steps. Concerned for the creature's welfare, as the owner could not be seen, the jogger followed the dog. No more than a couple of seconds behind the creature, it vanished - there was no sign of the dog in the sea, and nowhere else for it to have gone. Around a year later, the jogger was talking to another person who said that they had been followed by a black dog in the same area.

Moddey Dhoo

Location: Peel (Isle of Man) - Peel Castle
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1660
Further Comments: The local shuck, the Moddey Dhoo, haunted the local guardroom - appearing at night to sleep by their fire. One guard grew tired of hiding away from it and went to face the creature alone; he returned soon after, silent and dying, but the creature was never seen again.

Black Dog with Drooping Ears

Location: Peldon (Essex) - Wigborough Road between Guisnes Court and Sacott crossroads
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1930s?
Further Comments: While with a friend driving a horse and trap, a man reported being followed by a dog the size of a calf, with drooping ears and eyes that glowed like bicycle lamps.

Cwn Annwn

Location: Penrhos (Gwent) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This Welsh demonic hound has been reported in the area.

Black Dog

Location: Penzance (Cornwall) - Harbour area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This hound makes itself known only to those who will soon die.


Location: Philpots Camp (Dorset) - The Big-Upon-Little Stone (aka Great-Upon-Little stone)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Early twentieth century?
Further Comments: This phantom black hound once kept the local populace away from the area at night.

Black Hound

Location: Pontoon (County Mayo) - Crossing between Lough Conn and Lough Cullin
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This area is reputedly home to a black spectral hound. The ghostly creature is said to cause fear in living dogs.

Bad Omen

Location: Portesham (Dorset) - Hardy's Monument
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A phantom hound is reputed to haunt the area around the monument, bringing bad luck or death to any witness.

Dog and Dragon

Location: Porthtowan (Cornwall) - Mile Hill area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A fearful dragon once made its lair near here, but was driven off by a mysterious white shuck-like creature. The dog is still said to haunt the area.


Location: Portland (Dorset) - Cave Hole (or alternatively an unknown cave), close to the lighthouse
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The large, black dog that lives in an unknown cave grabs the unwary and drowns them.

Slender White Hound

Location: Postbridge (Devon) - Cator Common
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1940s onwards
Further Comments: This phantom dog is said to resemble an albino wolfhound, though some say the entity is more likely to be a phantom deer.

Soul Gatherers

Location: Powerstock (Dorset) - Eggardon Hillfort
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Hounds unknown, chase in 1953
Further Comments: The phantom dogs that frequent this area are reportedly sent to collect the souls of the recently dead, who in turn can sometimes be heard screaming and shouting for help. In 1953, a newspaper reported that a man was chased over the hill by what he claimed was the Devil, while the area also became a mini UFO hotspot after blue lights were seen and car engines cut out.

Headless Dog

Location: Preston (Lancashire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: It is said that the town was once haunted by a headless black hound, appearing when danger threatened the town. Another ghost said to wander the general area of Preston was that of a white woman.

Black Dog Bounding

Location: Prickwillow (Cambridgeshire) - Riverbank area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1930s, late 1970s, 1996
Further Comments: The sight of a large ghostly black dog running in this area, heading towards Ely, is said to have quite common.

Black Dog

Location: Princethorpe (Warwickshire) - Road known as Banbury Gap, between Princethorpe and Marton
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Midnight
Further Comments: This black shuck was said only to appear at midnight.

Rattling Hound

Location: Puncknowle (Dorset) - Road between village and Swyre, and area near the Old Rectory
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large demonic dog is reputed to jump around, rattling a chain behind it.

King John's Hounds

Location: Purse Caundle (Dorset) - Purse Caundle Manor
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Varies: 20 June or 23 June and 31 December (reoccurring)
Further Comments: Twice a year, this pack of devil dogs is let loose in the neighbourhood. Sounds of ghostly plainchant have been heard coming from the manor house.

Chained Dog

Location: Quemerford (Wiltshire) - Pound's Mill (no longer present), Marlborough Road, and fields in the area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Pre First World War
Further Comments: One witness at Pound's Mill spotted a black dog with a chain hanging around its neck. The hound vanished through a closed door. The same creature is also thought to haunt other areas in the hamlet.

Dark Hound

Location: Radcliffe (Lancashire) - Radcliffe Tower
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: A hound of hell was once said to lurk around the tower after dark. Some say it was the reincarnation of a murdered girl, who was fed to her unsuspecting family by her stepmother.

Searching Dog

Location: Ramsbury (Wiltshire) - Area between village and Axford
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: This phantom hound is said to be looking for its master who was killed while cutting down a tree. The hound's presence is denoted by the dragging of its chain.

Red Eyed Dog

Location: Ramsey (Isle of Man) - Area around Milntown
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1927 and 1931
Further Comments: The large black dog here has glowing red eyes. It has walked passed two witnesses without interfering with them, suggesting a benign entity.

Haunt of Black Dog

Location: Reach (Cambridgeshire) - The Devil's Ditch: defensive earthwork that ends close to Reach, crosses Newmarket Health, via A11 and A14
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: One of the areas that the Black Shuck is said to run along, to see this creature will either drive the witness mad within two months, or indicate their death within a year.

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