Accounts of British sightings through the ages.

1895-08-31; UK, England, Oxford

Students at a men's college watched as a metallic disc rose above the trees lining the campus. After a few seconds of stable hovering, the disc shot off at incredible speed towards the east.


1895; UK

Country folk in the green hills of England found themselves transfixed by a luminous, star-like object that rose over a forest and moved off to the east at high speed.


1887-11-12; Ocean, North Atlantic.

A ship crossing the Atlantic, en route to America, was over flown by a luminous sphere that emerged from the ocean. It flew against the prevailing wind alongside the ship, but, as suddenly as it had appeared, it ascended into the night sky.

Nov. 12, 1887 Cape Race (Atlantic Ocean).

A huge sphere of fire was observed rising out of the ocean by witnesses aboard the "Siberian." It rose to an altitude of 16 m, flew against the wind, and came close to the ship, then "dashed oft" toward the southeast. Duration: 5 min.



1877 Wales

Formations of UFOs were observed flying over the Welsh coast for as much as a week. Eight craft would appear and fly in a triangle configuration almost as if on a reconnaissance mission.



1868-06-08; UK, England, Oxford

Astronomers at Radcliffe Observatory at Oxford noticed that Venus had a large red spot floating above the misty atmosphere of the planet. Upon further investigation, the spot was in fact in the atmosphere of Earth. The UFO changed course several times, heading west, north, then south. After four minutes, the astronomers lost sight of the object.



1847; UK, England, London.

1847 England, London: A spherical craft was spotted rising vertically through the clouds.


1864; UK,

A large, cigar shaped object over flies the south of England, and is observed by the farming communities located there.


1799-11-12; UK, England, Hereford.

On November 12, a "large red pillar of fire" was seen in the sky going south in Hereford, England. It was preceded by "flashes of extremely vivid electrical sort". Other object were seen between 5 and 6 A.M. leaving luminous trails behind them.


1799-09-19; UK, England,

A "beautiful ball blazing with white light,..." was seen at 8:30 P.M. in England. It made no sound, and red sparks flew from it.


1793-06-12; (Northumberland)

1793 Northumberland.: A bright oval light was observed in the sky over for around five minutes. At first it appeared the size of Sirius.


1787; (Edinburgh)

1787 Edinburgh: A bright fireball light like the sun was seen traveling horizontally through the sky. It dropped a little, then rose again, bursting behind a cloud.

1783; UK, England,

Farmers watched in amazement as a brightly lit, strange object hovered in the night sky. They were even more amazed when the object seemed to release many smaller luminous craft which floated around the larger craft. After a time, all seemed to disappear in an instant.


1783; UK, England, London

Northeast of the Terrace, in clear sky and warm weather, I saw appear suddenly an oblong cloud nearly parallel to the horizon. Below the cloud was seen a luminous body, brightly lit up and almost stationary... This strange ball at first appeared bluish and faint, but its light increased, and it soon began to move. At first, it ascended above the horizon, obliquely toward the east. Then it changed its direction and moved parallel to the horizon. It vanished in the southeast. I saw it for half a minute, and the light it gave out was prodigious. It lit up every object on the face of the country. It changed shape to oblong, acquired a tail, and seemed to split up into two bodies of small size. About two minutes later came a rumble like an explosion," wrote Tiberius Cavallo, Fellow of the Royal Society, in his memoirs.

England: The scientist Tiberius Cavallo was a witness to a sighting that also stunned Royal guests at a celebration to mark the birth of the 15th son of King George 111 and Queen Charlotte! A luminous object appeared from beneath a cloud and soon became brilliantly lit before coming to a halt. According To Cavallo"s account of the incident: "This strange sphere seemed at first to be pale blue in colour, but its luminosity increased and soon it set off again towards the east." Even though the sun was shining the object is said to have lit up everything on the ground and eventually disappeared with a terrific explosion!


1783; UK, England, Sudbrooke

England, Sudbrooke: Several people saw a luminous object hovering in the northeast at approximately 2200hrs. It emitted fixed flashes of light, lightning, which lasted about 30 sec. The object then separated into 7/8 pieces and travelled swiftly horizontally before disappearing in an arc like a rocket.


1758; UK, England, - (From Cambridge to Ross-shire)

1758 England: From Cambridge to Ross-shire. A dazzling light as bright as day seen over Britain Velocity was an estimated 30 mps; height over Cambridge 95 miles; over Inverness 30 miles. It seemed to descend obliquely towards the earth, and then 'rose again with renewed splendour'.


1743; UK, Wales, Anglesey, Holyhead.

A farmer near Holyhead is alleged to have witnessed a 'boat' sailing in the clouds at about 1500 feet. The story appeared in the 'Flying Saucer Review' in 1971.


1737 England, Sheffield,

A dark red cloud was observed below which was a luminous body, which emitted intense beams of light.


1733 England, Dorset, Fleet: Dec 8,

James Cracker of, a small town in, saw a silvery disc fly overhead in broad daylight. Here is his eyewitness account: "Something in the sky which appeared in the north but vanished from my sight, as it was intercepted by trees, from my vision. I was standing in a valley. The weather was warm, the sun shone brightly. All of a sudden it re-appeared, darting in and out of my sight with an amazing coruscation. The colour of this phenomenon was like burnished, or new-washed silver. It shot with speed like a star falling in the night. But it had a body much larger and a train longer than any shooting star I have seen. Next day Mr. Edgecombe informed me that he and another gentleman had seen this strange phenomenon at the same time as I had. It was about 15 miles from where I saw it, and steering a course from east to north."


1731; England, Sheffield,

Thomas Short saw what he later described as 'a dark red cloud, below which was a luminous body which emitted intense beams of light. The light beams moved slowly for a while, then stopped. Suddenly it became so hot that I could take off my shirt even though I was outdoors [this is the dead of winter!]. This meteor was observed over Kilkenny, Ireland, where it seemed like a great ball of fire. It was reported that it shook that entire island and that the whole sky seemed to burst into flames.' The next afternoon, local manuscript records show, this 'meteor' appeared over Romania: '...there appeared in the west a great sign in the sky, blood red and very large. It stayed in place for two hours, separated into two parts which then rejoined, and the object disappeared toward the west.'


1694; UK, Wales, Montgomeryshire,

1694 Wales, Montgomeryshire: "A fiery exhalation...a furlong broad" rose out of the sea burning straw, hay and barns. Grass tainted, killing cattle, and skin affected.

1644; At Sea,

The log book of a Spanish merchant vessel contains remarks about a formation of fiery objects that lit up the night sky. As they crossed over the ship, the craft broke ranks and performed acrobatic maneuvers before tightening up and flying on.


1643 England,

From diarist, John Evelyn. "I must not forget what amazed us exceedingly the night before, namely, a shining cloud in the air in a shape resembling a sword, the point reaching to the north. It was as bright as the moon, the rest of the sky being very serene. It began about 11 at night and vanished not till about one, being seen by all the south of England."

1593 England, London,

A "flying dragon" surrounded by flames was seen over the city.


1590; UK, Scotland,

Scottish peasants reported to the shire reeve, the king's representative, that a large tubular object hovered over their town for many minutes before vanishing. The craft did not move but hung in the sky.


1394 England,

A certain thing appeared in the likeness of fire in many parts of England every night. This fiery apparition, oftentimes when anybody went alone, it would go with him, and would stand still when he stood still. To some it appeared in the likeness of a turning wheel burning; to other some a round object, the likeness of a barrel, flashing out flames of fire at the head; to others, the likeness of a long burning lance.


1387; UK, England, Leicester,

A "fire in the sky, like a burning and revolving wheel..." was seen in Leicester and Northamptonshire, England. The objects "emitted fire from above, and others in the shape of long, fiery beams".


1332 England, Uxbridge.

There was seen in the sky a pile (pillar) of fire the size of a small boat, pallid and livid in colour. It rose from the south, crossed the sky with a slow and grave motion, and went north. Out of the front of the pile, a fervent red flame burst forth with great beams of light. Its speed increased, and it flew through the air.


1239 England.

Matthew of Paris: "On July 24 at dusk, but not when the stars came out, while the air was clear, serene and shining, a great star appeared. It was like a torch, rising from the south, and flying on both sides of it, there was emitted in the height of the sky a very great light. It turned quickly towards the north, not quickly, nor, indeed, with speed, but exactly as it wished to ascend to a place high in the air."


1200 England,

William of Newburgh describes a silvery, flat, shiny disc-like object, which appeared near the abbey and frightened everyone near it.


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