Our team grew up with the tales and legends of Black Shuck, searching into the dark country lanes as children for the infamous red eyes of the East Anglian Demon Dog.
Supposedly the inspiration behind Sherlock Holmes' Hound of the Baskervilles story, The Black Shuck is a large Ghostly Black Dog which is said to stalk the East Anglian region - including Cambridge!
He has been sighted for centuries, with most legends describing the dog as having large red eyes - sometimes just one in its head as large as a saucer, thick shaggy black fur, snarling mouth and most importantly - being an omen of doom. Many local tales describe seeing the Shuck as a harbinger of Death - to see him is to befall a terrible fate before the week is out. However, some stories describe the Shuck as assisting lone women out in the night - one guest on our Haunted Cambridge tour described how she had been helped to the main road on Christ's Pieces in Central Cambridge by Black Shuck one moonless night. This fits with the Cambridgeshire legend that you can hear the Shuck howling on moonless nights out in the Fens, the countryside surrounding Cambridge.
Black Shuck is most often sighted on the coast, in forests and near Churches or bodies of water over East Anglia, especially during thunder storms. In Cambridgeshire itself he is often spotted crossing the A10 between Cambridge and Ely, on Wicken Fen (where a member of our team refuses to visit after a spooky experience there as a child!) and in Cambridge itself!
Find out the very latest sightings of Black Shuck in Cambridge on our Haunted Cambridge Tour.
Some say the bones of Black Shuck were dug up in Suffolk at Leiston Abbey in 2014.
We have our very own Black Shuck on the team AKA Mick the Rescue Greyhound. Due to unlucky legends like Black Shuck, Black Dogs in rescue are the least popular, waiting twice as long for homes as their lighter friends. We support National Black Dog Day which highlights their plight.
Mick sometimes tags along on tours and events to play Black Shuck - but his appearance is always lucky!