The Black Dog Inn, Black Dog village

As part of a research project, funded by the Society for Psychical Research, I travelled down to Devon, some years ago now, to consult a unique archive containing information on apparitions of Black Dogs. During my stay, I discovered a village called Black Dog complete with its own Black Dog Inn.

 Black Dog village sign

Sensible advice, particularly when alone....
 The Black Dog Inn, seen from outside

The Black Dog Inn, Black Dog
The Black Dog Inn pub sign

The new pub sign erected in 2004. During my last visit to the pub, I spotted the sign left in the yard looking rather past its best. Upon enquiring with the landlord I was really pleased to be able to buy it from him and it is now hanging in my lounge!
 Inside the Black Dog Inn

A researcher's work is never done. Here's to more research into apparitions of Black Dogs!

A picture of a Black Dog costume inside the pub

On the wall of the pub, just inside the door, is a picture of a person standing outside the pub door wearing a Black Dog hobby horse costume. This costume used to be worn as part of an annual Black Dog procession through the village (sadly this no longer happens).

I understand that folklorist and fellow Black Dog researcher Mark Norman and his wife are now the custodians of this costume and have been restoring it.

Thanks to Mark Norman for letting me know that the costume was being exhibited at the Animal Guising and the Kentish Hooden Horse exhibition at Maidstone Museum (8 Feb to 17 June 2023)