‘A Strange and Terrible Wunder’. 1577On the 4th of August 1577 in St. Mary’s parish church of Bungay, in the south east of England a great storm was witnessed, ‘a tempest of violent raine, lightning and thunder,’as the storm shock the church a strange and terrible shaped creature was seen to enter, resembling a hell hound it violently attacked members of the congregation before disappearing. Twelve miles away in the town of Blythburgh, the creature reappeared at the Holy Trinity Church, where it continued its attack of the congregation there. The event s were recorded in the same year by the English clergyman, and poet Abraham Fleming (Flemyng) (1552?–1607). The creature is said to be that of Black Shuck, the name given to a ghostly black dog which is said to roam the coastline and countryside of East Anglia, England. Embedded in the folklore of the area, the name Shuck may derive from the Old English word ‘scucca’ meaning demon or possibly from the local dialect word ‘shucky’ meaning shaggy or hairy.
‘A Strange and Terrible Wunder’. 1577
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