|SHUCKLAND Introduction Alphabetical List of Locations|
|Location:||Great Wakering, ESSEX|
|Legend:||A phantom black dog is said to pad along Star Lane [part of the B1017] on certain nights each year." (1)
"The residents of Gt. Wakering also speak of the black dog of Star Lane, which their forefathers swore they had seen. The lane is named after a long-defunct inn..." (2)
"Another story told by an old inhabitant is that Baker's Grave or Baker's Corner, as it is now called, is haunted by Baker's big black dog. This is probably a fusion with another legend, that of the black dog of Star Lane, North Shoebury, not far away, and dating back to the time of the invasion by the Norsemen." (3)
|Sources:||(1) Letter from W. D. in the 'Southend Standard', 16/6/1976.
(2) Jessie Payne: 'A Ghost Hunter's Guide to Essex' (Ian Henry Publications, 1987), p. 120.
(3) Ibid, p.102.
|Place Name:||Wakering - OE 'Wacer's people'|
|Other:||Baker's Grave is a threeways where a baker from Barling is said to have hung himself from a tree (now long gone), and haunted the spot thereafter. But 'The Place Names of Essex' suggests that the place is probably connected with the 14th century Clement de Bakere. [Info from Jessie Payne above, p. 101-2.]|