|SHUCKLAND Introduction Alphabetical List of Locations|
|Location:||Great Massingham, NORFOLK|
|Encounter:||The witness, then aged 18, "went on a 'night hike'
[on Sunday 23/10/1977] with other members of the 14th Wootton (King's Lynn) Venture Scout Unit and some Ranger
Guides...heading south along Peddar's Way...By about half-five the next morning the party had become rather 'strung out'...At this time I was about 1/4 of a mile beyond a point called 'Shepherd's Bush' [at c.TF797197]...when I saw what looked to be a sheepdog running fast towards me down a slight rise in the road 200/300 yards away.
In the instant whilst I was wondering 'Sheepdog? In this part of the world?'...the distance closed quickly and about 20 yards away it leapt at me. I stumbled to me knees as I put up my arms to fend off the anticipated volley and shift my weight to counteract a thrust that never materialised. Quickly I picked myself up and turned round expecting an attack from it from behind, I assuming that it had passed clean over my head; only to find myself again on the quiet country road with no sign of 'it'.
That basically is my encounter with Shuck. I clearly remember it as a big black 'dog' in the order of a very large 'St. Bernard' with a wide mouth, teeth very evident, and two largish eyes amongst a mass of black fur. At that time I had never heard of this apparition...In Castle Acre I told the rest of the
party...providing a good laugh all round!
|Source:||Letter from Mr. Mark C. Barrett (witness) to me, 1/11/1983.|
|Place Name:||Massingham - OE 'homestead of Maessa's people'|
|Other:||See also other accounts on the route of the Roman road at Roudham, Castle Acre, Peddar's Way.|