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Hell Hound found: Bones of an ancient huge hound found at ruined abbey


The skeleton of a huge hound believed to have terrorised villagers four centuries ago has been found in a ruined abbey.



The Archaeologists believe they have found remains of the legendary Hell Hound of Suffolk  according to a news report in The Express.

The hell hound was known as Black Shuck according to legend [East Anglia News Service]

The beast weighed up to 200lbs and stood 7ft tall on its hind legs.

“The bones were unearthed at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk near where, according to legend, a hell hound called Black Shuck with flaming eyes and shaggy black fur appeared during a storm on August 4, 1577.


Claw marks on the door of Blythburgh Church were said to be Black Shuck’s.

Marksbungaydog still visible on the church door are said to be from its claws.

The bones were found in a dig among the ruins of Leiston Abbey, Suffolk [East Anglia News]

black shuck

The name Shuck derives from the Old English word scucca meaning ‘demon’. He is one of many ghostly black dogs recorded across the British Isles.  Its alleged appearance during a storm on 4th August, 1577 at the Holy Trinity Church, Blythburgh, is a particularly famous account of the beast, in which legend says that thunder caused the doors of the church to burst open and the snarling dog crashed in and ran through the congregation, killing a man and a boy, before it fled when the steeple collapsed. The encounter on the same day at St Mary’s Church, Bungay was described in ‘A Straunge and Terrible Wunder’ by the Reverend Abraham Fleming in 1577:

This black dog, or the devil in such a likeness (God he knoweth all who worketh all,) running all along down the body of the church with great swiftness, and incredible haste, among the people, in a visible form and shape, passed between two persons, as they were kneeling upon their knees, and occupied in prayer as it seemed, wrung the necks of them both at one instant clean backward, in so much that even at a moment where they kneeled, they strangely died.


The remains of the massive dog, were found just a few miles from the two churches where Black Shuck killed the worshippers.


It appears to have been buried in a shallow grave at precisely the same time as Shuck is said to have been on the loose, primarily around Suffolk and the East Anglia region.

Of course there are bones to corroborate giant or large dogs in the past, this is not the only or the largest one. All animals were larger even in the immediate past only centuries ago. Dogs are no exception. Take the supernatural part of the tales with a grain of salt, but the anthropology is hard evidence for greater ancestry, and the hard evidences are where we operate.

~Chris L Lesley GAWMuseum

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The remains of the huge dog found in Leiston Abbey, Suffolk. Photo credit: East Anglia News Service

By: Lianne Kolirin Published: Fri, May 16, 2014

16 May, 2014 – 23:43 aprilholloway