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Wiltshire's Black dogs

Black Dog beasties that haunt the Wiltshire countryside...


The Dead Maids of Chapmanslade

Phil Jefferson from Chapmanslade writes:

Dilton Marsh's website tells the story of the Dead Maids of Chapmanslade. (This part of Chapmanslade used to be part of Dilton Marsh.)

A young lady of the parish was being pursued by two suitors. The two men decided to fight a duel to determine which one of them should marry her.

In the ensuing duel, one of them was shot dead.

This man had been the owner of a black dog which, seeing the demise of its master, attacked the other man, killing him.

Totally distressed at losing both her suitors, the young lady then took her own life and was buried at Dead Maids crossroads, which is located on the edge of the old parish.

Since then, the black dog has haunted the local woods, which appropriately are called Black Dog Woods.

The Black Dog Highwayman

Another story suggests that the black dog was, in fact, owned by a highwayman who used to conduct his business on what is now Black Dog Hill, on the A36.

Today, there is a straight road running up the hill, but in previous times the road used to meander tortuously up the hill and, with its many bends, was an ideal place for a highwayman to lurk.

The dog's job, by the way, was to leap up onto the stagecoach and attack the driver in the neck, thus halting the vehicle.

So, watch out if you are on the A36 between Warminster and Bath (the modern version of the black dog is a speed camera, by the way!).

last updated: 15/12/05
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danni
i think that no body knows what is out there in our world back long ago when we had no technolgy and modern day publishing we wouldnt of known what the world was full of just because people say there is nothing out of the ordinary ho belives in godpeople say god isnt real and i expect people still belive in it so why cant this be true danni,bristol,12

jesse
i saw this dog! with my very own eyes he was angry and scary i almost died he bite my boot clean off i was scared to death!!!!

sammy
the story is a load a huey... i dont belive it for one second also it is stupid

pele shamirz
iv lived here for 17 years and have seen it, it is real

Phil
If anyone's seen a black dog in them there woods please return it. It's mine. She's harmless.

trina
On the Chapmanslade road, driving from Westbury. which twists and turns going just about to pass the redundant Thoulston golf club on the left, my mother saw a woman dressed in long clothes run out of a thick hedge and run across the road then into the opposite hedge. my mum had to slam her brakes on and then proceeded to get out of the car and look for the woman. this road is too dangerous for walkers and it was strange to see a lone female in the early evening in the winter.. there was no way into the thick hedge or even out of the hedge the other side of the road where the woman came from. Who was this woman? did someone die here?

GAVIN STURGESS
DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN JOIN A GHOST HUNTING TEAM IN SALISBURY IN SOUTH WILTS ?

jim
i saw it!!!!! it was black and it had four legs and a huge tail. it went for me but luckily i survived

Hannah
Are these myths or ar they true??

laura
heeeey ace story, we went on the A36 to get to... wherever we are, where my uncle lives anyway. we saw dead maids and everybody was like "i bet that there's a story behind that.." all i could think of was that it sounded like such a good band name! aaaaaanyways, good story. love me xox | | |

Brandon Dean
The Black Dog as we've known it in the Wiltshire has been always corelated with death or bettermore an image of impending tragedy.

kandi
black dog to us growing up in sussex was a protector if you were alone and felt fear. it would appear in size in direct relation to how afraid you were.

Mel Charlesworth
A few years ago while visiting my parents house i saw a collie sized black dog at the top of their stairs. I saw the dog in the corner of my eye, so i turned my head to look up the stairs and saw the dog rise from a laid down position and turn to walk into my brothers bedroom. When i asked my parents who the dog belonged to, they said what dog? I ran upstairs to find no dog there. A few days later my brother who's room it was committed suicide. This same dog was seen by my sister in my parents house and in her own house days before as well.

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