The Church of Holy Trinity, Blythburgh
Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh is a Grade I listed building dating from the 14th century, which is thought to be built on the site of a much early church built in 630AD. It was said to have been visited by Black Shuck in 1577.
On 4 August 1577 there was a great storm in which the church was hit by lightening which probably explains the scorched marks like the Devil’s fingerprints on the Great North Door. According to tradition though, the church was visited by Black Shuck, the same night that he also appeared in nearby Bungay.
“In like manner, into the parish church of another towne called Blythburgh…the black dog, or the devil in such a likenesse entered, in the same shape and placing himself uppon a main baulke or beam, suddenly he gave a swinge downe through ye church, and there also, as before, slew two men and a lad, and burned the hand of another person that was there among the rest of the company, of whom divers were blasted. This mischief thus wrought, he flew with wonderful force to no little feare of the assembly, out of the church in a hideous and hellish likeness.”[Rev Abrham Fleming]