Living Lore: The Black Dog of Yapton with Bryony Voller

I just love stories about the black dogs. Someday, they’ll be in a story of mine!

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Bryony contacted me to share a story about the legendary beast that haunts the streets of the aptly named Yapton in West Sussex. The Black Dog was known to roam the village and the inhabitants left their doors open so that it could enter their homes. This was not because it was a welcome visitor, but rather because it would howl if it was prevented from entering at will.

There are many tales of Black Dogs in the area, including a headless one at Ditchling and a number of ghostly Black Dogs, as well as another that has been seen near the hill figure known as the Long Man of Wilmington.

Alfriston has two Dogs, one black and one white. The white dog is said to be a harbinger of ill-fortune or even death. He was thought to be the ghost of a dog murdered with his master, the son…

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