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Moonraking: The Folklore
• Black dogs

Phil Jefferson from Chapmanslade writes:

The website on Dilton Marsh tells the story about Dead Maids in Chapmanslade. (This part of Chapmanslade used to be part of Dilton Marsh.) The site is at

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.

Moshu - may be not quite like the Black Dog of the Dead Maids legend...

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

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 round 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!).

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wallace usaza - Zambian
when i passed thru, the place was so serene and inviting. Those stories about the black dog are just old ladies' tales.

makayla hill
spooky things in green lane

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.

Spiritual Knights
An Evening of Mediumship With Tracy Jenkins and Sarah Adams on the 30th March 2005 at 6:30pm Bridge House, Trowbridge £5.00pp, All welcome Book now

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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