Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Ominous Black Dog of Leeds Castle

Much like the "Grim" in the Harry Potter series (and, in fact, may have been inspired by this legend), the ghost that haunts Leeds Castle in Kent, UK appears as that of a large black dog. Moreover, it's an omen of bad things to come.


Originally the site of a Saxon manor built in 857 AD, Leeds Castle stood first as a earthen compound surmounted by a wooden palisade with two wooden towers. Mention of this castle reaches as far back as the Doomsday Book of 1086, King Edward the Confessor gave it over to the House of Godwin, and eventually the stone castle settled into the hands of the Norman Crevecoeur family. In 1278, King Edward the 1st took ownership, making extensive ammendments to its design. Later noteworthy occupants included Henry VIII. The last resident was Lady Baillie who updated the castle with 20th century ammenities in the 1920s.

It isn't clear through the record exactly whose dog this might have been--but then, it may never have had an owner.  If an omen, this spectral black dog might exist as some sort of entity outside our understanding, one that only assumes this familiar shape.

2 comments:

Autumnforest said...

This really makes the case for residual, the memory of a dog that hung out there long ago, replaying in the right conditions.

Santa Is Drowning said...

Ive heard many Black Dog legends!