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Black Shuck and his Kin from across the Isles

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.


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.

The Felixstowe coast, Suffolk.

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.

A dog-like creature standing in shade.

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.


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.

Black Dog

Location: Freiston (Lincolnshire) - Area around the church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This phantom hound is thought to relate to a murder which once took place close to the church, although further details are fleeting.

Black Dog

Location: Garndiffaith (Gwent) - Varteg Road, Coombs Cross
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century, 00:30h
Further Comments: One witness claimed to have encountered a black dog while walking along the road. The witness tried to stroke it, but his hand passed through the creature. The dog then walked alongside the man until he reached Coombs Cross, when it jumped eight foot (2.4 metres) into the air and disappeared into the cemetery.


Location: Gatcombe (Gloucestershire) - Gatcombe Park
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The large phantom dog reputed to haunt this royal household is named the 'Hound of Odin'.

Running Dog

Location: Geldeston (Norfolk) - Lover's Lane, leading to the churchyard
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The small lane leading to the local churchyard is reputedly home to a phantom hound - the creature has been spotted running along the lane. It is thought that the location that the hound appears will soon be the site of a crime. A ghostly donkey seen here may be the same entity. The same area is also haunted by a haunted coach as it travels towards Bungay Castle.

Wicked Parson

Location: Gillingham (Norfolk) - Dogs Lane and All Saints church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1927
Further Comments: Last seen sitting on a verge along Dogs Lane with glowing eyes, this phantom hound is thought to be a holy man with less than holy tendencies. The entity was also reported outside the church in 1913.

Brown Dog

Location: Godley (Lancashire) - General area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The size of a cow, this large dog was mistaken for an escaped lion until it vanished into thin air.

Dog with Long Legs

Location: Gorleston (Norfolk) - Suffield Road and High Street
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 2006
Further Comments: A woman reported seeing a strange dog-like creature with long legs on two different occasions around Gorleston. When she spotted the creature the second time running down the High Street, it vanished without trace.

Gorleston-on-Sea beach, Norfolk.

Large Running Dog

Location: Gorleston-on-Sea (Norfolk) - Along beach, half a mile from the Gorleston Rescue Headquarters
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 19 April 1972
Further Comments: While on duty at the HQ, Graham Grant watched a large black dog running in the sand, pausing every now and then to look around. It vanished without warning, in the middle of the beach.

Pony Sized Dog

Location: Grantown (Moray) - A939, normally around the Glenlivet forest area
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This strange hound stands as tall as a pony, has green tinted fur, and either has a very small head or no head at all.

Rainbow Eyed Barguest

Location: Grassington (Yorkshire) - Area near the village
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This shuck had rings of colour in its eyes and would rattle before making itself visible.

Hairy Jack

Location: Grayingham (Lincolnshire) - Area around the church
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1870s
Further Comments: This large black dog was said to have a particularly shaggy coat.

Shaggy Brown Creature

Location: Great Bookham (Surrey) - Between Polesden Lane and Admiral Walk (before the crossroads with Crabtree Lane)
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 03 August 2010
Further Comments: While walking her dog with her father, this witness observed a large dog-shaped figure in the middle of the track about 20 metres away. It was around a metre high, very shaggy looking and had brown fur. It was also 'blurry'. The entity vanished as the witness approached, although dematerialised as the witness walked away.

Black Hound

Location: Great Durnford (Wiltshire) - Chalk pit between village and Netton
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late nineteenth century
Further Comments: A local man tried to hit this phantom dog with a stick while returning from the pub. The stick passed straight through the creature.

Peddar's Way, Great Massingham.

Phantom Dog

Location: Great Massingham (Norfolk) - Peddar's Way & Massingham Heath
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 1960s, 1970s
Further Comments: The shucks around this area bring misfortune to any who see them, one witness having a serious road accident exactly one year after seeing a ghostly dog. Reports of a grey phantom dog have also been made, quite rare in East Anglian Shuck mythology.

Phantom White Dog

Location: Great Snoring (Norfolk) - Road South of Great Snoring
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Late 1930s
Further Comments: Just prior to the Second World War, a farmer reported driving straight through a phantom white dog. He was so shocked he stopped his car and ran. Many cyclists in the area had also reported the creature.

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