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The Black Dog

The Black Dog Of Barthomley
by Charles E S Fairey

The wanderer of the lanes
Of St Bertoline’s Clearing,
Signifying ones demise
The black furred Angel of Death.

At dusk he roams
The lanes near the Church,
Beware passers by
This dog is Death.

He waits and watches
The patrons of White Lion,
Creeps up slowly towards each victim
And when he howls be sure you’re next.

A black silhouette haunting the road,
Waiting for each victim,
Signifying your soon demise
The black furred Angel of Death.

It might be said he is the Hunter’s friend
The Black Dog who helped his Master
Bring down and kill the last wolf
In the dark trees of Barthomley Wood.

Now with the power of the Wolf
He stalks the lanes around,
Bringing death to heathen souls
The vicinity of Wulvern Brook,
Named after the death of last wolf
His Master calls and he is there
Signifying your imminent demise
The black furred Angel of Death.
The Black Dog of Barthomley (which is in South Cheshire) is a ghost similar to the Norfolk 'Black Shuck', whom's figure signifies death to people who see him.
This Black Dog roams the lane around the White Lion Pub in Barthomley
and inside the ancient graveyard.
The Poem also mixes in a little of another Barthomley Legend,
which according to local history the last wolf in England was killed here,
hence the brook running through Barthomley being called Wulvern Brook.
The White Lion Inn, Barthomley