Bungay is a treasure-trove of local history, with its Norman castle and the infamous legend of Black Shuck, the ghostly hound said to terrorise the area.
With so much history just below the surface, it’s no surprise that Bungay has inspired a host of authors. With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at the very best Bungay books, and come up with our top picks for great Bungay reads.
The tale of the Black Dog of Bungay and the infamous attack on the church of St Marys in 1577, has inspired and fascinated residents and visitors to the town for centuries along with tales of Black Shuck the Ghostly Dog of Norfolk. David Wauldron’s Shock! The Black Dog of Bungay: A Case Study in Local Folklore gives a truly spine-tingling account.
Bungay has tranformed itself in the last century as the demands of commerce and tourism shape the town’s destiny. Christopher Reeve’s Bungay Through Time provides an invaluable photographic account of the city’s changing fortunes, and is one of the very best Bungay books out there.
Bungay’s Norman castle is a grim, frightening sight when seen in the right light, and Elizabeth Bonhote’s Bungay Castle: A Novel uses the castle’s gothic atmosphere to craft an absorbing, and occasionally spine-chilling, romance. One of our favourite Bungay reads.
The fortunes of Bungay and Beccles have always been intertwined, and generations of residents have travelled between the two towns. Christopher Reeve continues his exploration into Bungay life with Bungay to Baccles: Volume II (Images of England S) (Images of England), which traces the relationship between the two towns over more than a century. A total must-read for all local history fanatics.