For more than 1000 years, the locals of Westmeston and Ditchling have spoken of a ghostly black dog that roams the area bearing the souls of the departed to their resting place in the next world.
Some called it the “wish hound”, others believed it could only be seen by other dogs.
The shepherds that used to graze their flocks high on the Downland told of how their own sheepdogs would lie down and look to the heavens when the black dog was passing overhead.
Today, the shepherds are no more, but the legend remains.
As do the sightings. There are still reports along the Downs of the phantom hound conducting its ghostly duty, but nowhere more so than on the hill that bears its name.