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Location: Barham, SUFFOLK
Encounter: "I well remember seeing this hell hound one night about 30 years ago. It was at Barham, near Ipswich, on the main Norwich Road. I was working as a warrener and had been out setting traps with another man. We were returning home along Barham Church Lane about 10 o'clock at night and were just passing Barham Hall gates [TM13755092] when we saw a large dog lying in the middle of the road. It got up and began to follow us. It had a rough coat and big luminous eyes and its height was about 2 1/2 feet.

One moment it was on our heels and the next moment it had vanished. I struck at it very hard with a stick I was carrying, but the stick went right through it. Had it been an ordinary dog the blow would have killed it. It bounded away down Barham Church Lane, crossed the main Ipswich-Norwich road and disappeared through a solid brick wall [TM12955048.] That was the last I saw of it."

Source: F. W. Kent (witness): 'I Saw Black Shuck' (letter) in the 'East Anglian Magazine', Vol. 6, No. 9 (May 1947), p. 458.
Place Name: Barham - OE beorgham: 'homestead on the hill'

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