As some of you may know, I was born in Lincolnshire and still live here. It’s a large county in the east of England and is known for its farmland and beautiful countryside.
Recently I’ve been watching a lot of videos about cryptids on YouTube and a lot of the videos are about weird creatures in America. It’s sad that we British don’t seem to care as much about our own cryptids which are part of our folklore and mythology. Lincolnshire happens to have some interesting mythical Creatures. Here is a list of just 5 of them.
The Lindsey Leopard
The Lindsey Leopard is known as an ‘alien big cat’ which has been seen roaming up and down Britain, including Lincolnshire.
On August 14, 1998, two large paw prints in cut grass were reported near Gainsborough on a farm, which were identifiable as puma or lynx prints by an RSPCA inspector. There were numerous sightings soon after this, and later in October, three mutilated sheep were found with no other attributed cause other than a wild animal
Market Rasen, Stapleford Woods near Newark and South Rauceby are just some of the places it has been spotted, with the most recent sighting being in 2002, when a man named Chris Till spotted a large cat in Laughton Forest.
There have been many sightings of the Black Shuck in East Anglia, although it has also been sighted haunting Cawthorpe and Haugham in Lincolnshire.
Despite the accounts of its appearance varying, it has mainly been described as a ghostly black dog as big as a calf with saucer eyes.
Its appearance was considered to be a sign of death, the name ‘Shuck’ derives from the Old English word ‘succa’ meaning ‘demon’, and it is just one of many phantom dogs spotted around the UK.
This Lincolnshire legend dates back to 1926. A young man living near Dogdyke discovered some ancient remains which looked like a human skeleton with a wolf’s head. After examining them on his kitchen table, he concluded that it must have been a coincidence they were found together.
Unable to sleep that night, he was disturbed by a tapping noise on the window, only to discover that there was a werewolf looking back at him, which began to smash through the glass.
He barricaded himself in his kitchen until the werewolf left at the crack of dawn. He immediately buried the skeleton he previously found, and was never disturbed again.
This creature comes in the form of a shaggy haired donkey with fiery eyes.
It is known as a mischievous creature rather than diabolical, and appears to unknowing travellers on the road around Boston and Barton.
A book titled Country Folklore written in 1908 by Gutch and Peacock indicated the existence of the Shag Foal lurking around the railway in Kirton, Lindsey.
Back in 2014, co-founder of the British Bigfoot Research organisation Adam Bird claimed he had captured a photograph of a Bigfoot in Friskney, near Boston.
He said the photograph showed a ‘shadowy figure’ dark among the greenery, stood within the trees staring at him and his group. He also found a very large footprint, which could belong to the British Bigfoot.