2 Black Shucks Stories from Basildon
Stewart | On 20, Jun 2017
The Black Shucks of Basildon
If you’ve never heard about the legend of the Black Shuck then let me quickly fill you in…
In East Anglian folklore the Black Shuck is a name given to a giant ghostly black dog which is said to roam around the landscape.
The name Shuck is believed to either come from an Old English word meaning Demon or from the word shucky meaning shaggy.
Some believe that sighting the Black Shuck is an omen of death.
Whilst others believe that it’s more of a protective animal accompanying you in difficult situations.
But surprisingly there’s also been a couple of phantom black dog encounters in of all places Basildon!
The first happen in 1988 to a group of teenagers who were playing in the churchyard of St Michael’s Church on Pitsea Mount.
The kids were playing on the north side of the church near a grave which is ominously nickname The Witches Grave…
Out of nowhere, two massive strange looking black dogs with red glowing eyes appeared and started to growl menacingly at the frighten teenagers.
The kids naturally backed off but strangely the dogs just seemed to disappeared as quickly as they appeared!
The other Basildon Black Shuck encounter happened in 1995.
Again it was with a group of teenagers but this time it was at St Nicholas Church in the Laindon area of Basildon.
A large group of the local kids had congregated at the church.
They were larking about like teenagers do.
A smaller group of girls broke away from the main crowd.
They sat down in a nearby field for a chat and a giggle.
Suddenly they heard an almighty screaming noise coming from the bushes near them.
They thought it was a rabbit coming to an unfortunate end by a fox.
A couple of moments later, on the rise above the field, they witnessed a huge black dog or wolf like creature with massive glowing eyes…
It was staring down at them whilst emitting an unearthly growl!
The girls, with all good intentions of not panicking, slowly got up to back away from the terrifying creature in a calm manner.
But fright got the hold of them…
And, mass hysteria descended upon them.
They fled the scene without a glance backwards leaving the menacing black creature way behind them on the ridge!
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THE RED LION HOTEL: One of the Most Haunted Places in Essex!
The 15th century Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel situated along Colchester’s High Street is probably the most infamous hotel in the town.
It’s said to be haunted by not one but three ghosts!
The ghost of a small boy, a monk and a lady called Alice Catherine Millar are said to haunt the Red Lion…
Terrified witnesses have been reporting seeing the ghostly apparition of Alice Catherine Millar as far back as the 1800s.
Alice was believed to been a chambermaid who worked at the Red Lion.
In 1638, she was said to have been brutally murdered by her lover in the hotel.
One of the past owners of the Red Lion was so frightened that the stories of the hotel being haunted by Alice’s ghost would affect trade that he bricked up her old room to try and stop her haunting the building.
Unfortunately for him it didn’t work…
Her ghost is still seen to this very day in the hotel!
Both guests and members of staff have witnessed her ghostly apparition in the hotel’s kitchen and in Rooms 5, 6 and 10.
Her ghost has even been seen by terrified witnesses to disappearing through one of the walls where the old bricked up doorway to her room was once situated.
The assistant manager of the hotel on one occasion even saw her sitting in an old rocking chair rocking backwards and forwards before disappearing.
Other hotel members of staff have been frightened by hearing Alice whispering or even talking to them.
Having their hair pulled by an unseen entity is regularly reported by scared guests staying at the Red Lion.
An unknown woman’s voice was once mysteriously recorded on a video tape shot in one of the hotels rooms by a shocked guest.
Another ghostly apparition seen at the Red Lion is that of a hooded monk…
He’s often witnessed in the early hours of the morning walking along the hotel’s corridors.
Sometimes he magically appears in the Red Lion’s reception area.
He’s sad story dates back a few centuries.
It’s said that he was in charge of some children when a bad fire broke out in the hotel.
He perished in the fire whilst trying to save the children!
And last but by no means least, the final ghost believed to haunt this historic hotel is that of a small boy…
It’s normally children who witness the ghostly apparition of this little boy.
They often see him in the Parliament Restaurant which was once the old Banqueting Hall.
The little boy’s ghost has even been caught on camera by shocked guest when they have taken photos in the Parliament Restaurant!Click Here to Stay at the Red Lion