Black Shuck at St. Mary’s Church in Bungay, England.
Black Shuck at St. Mary’s Church in Bungay, England.
Written by Reverend Abraham Fleming in 1577, this small article depicts an encounter with Black Shuck at St. Mary’s Church in Bungay, England. 

“A Straunge and terrible Wunder wrought very late in the parish Church of Bongay, a Town of no great distance from the citie of Norwich, namely the fourth of this August in ye yeere of our Lord 1577. in a great tempest of violent raine, lightning, and thunder, the wherof hath been seldome seene. With the appeerance of an horrible shaped thing, sensibly perceiued of the people then and there assembled. Drawen into a plain method according to the written copye by Abraham Fleming.”

The name Shuck may derive from the Old English word scucca meaning “witch”, or possibly from the local dialect word shucky meaning “shaggy” or “hairy”. Black Shuck is regarded as one of many ghostly black dogs recorded here in the British Isles.   Sometimes recorded as an omen of death, sometimes a more companionable animal, it is classified as a cryptid, and there are varying accounts of the animal’s appearance.  

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