The Warminster Thing: The Mysterious UFO Sightings of 1964

Numerous UFO sightings have been reported from around the world over the years, one such sighting is known as the Warminster thing.
The incident was reported from Warminster on the Christmas of 1964 at somewhat around 6 in the morning.

The Warminster Thing: The Mysterious UFO Sightings of 1964

The Warminster Thing UFO Sighting Of 1964

Reportedly, a young married couple asserted that they were awakened by the panic-stricken whimpering of their dog who was in the garden.
The couple had a daughter named Josie, who went outside to check up on the dog and found him lying in the corner of the garden in a state of complete distraught.
The pet dog was found shaking terribly and kept on whimpering.
As Josie was about to re-enter her house after checking up on her pet dog, she experienced the ‘terrifying whining, crackling, rasping, droning, shattering phenomenon’ right above her head in the air, which later became known as “The Warminster thing” or “The thing”.

Interestingly, around the same time, another enigmatic incident took place in which a flock of pigeons allegedly fell dead on the ground near Warminster.
It is believed that the mass death of the pigeon was caused by the the very same mysterious force, “rigor mortis” supervening in the bodies almost at once.

The Warminster Thing: The Mysterious UFO Sightings of 1964

The same informant claimed that a huge number of dead field mice with their bodies riddled with tiny holes were also discovered just after the passage overhead of ‘The Warminster Thing’.

Surprisingly, various other sonic attacks that took place at several locations at around the same time were reported soon after.
Perhaps, the most mysterious incident was witnessed by Mrs. Marjorie Bye, who was walking to the Holy Communion service at Christ Church in Warminster at around 6:12 in the morning.
It was reported that as she approached the church, the air above her was filled with strange disturbing noises that made her feel feeble and unable to move.
The strange unidentified noises known as The Warminster Thing continued to make an appearance on an ad-hoc basis until at least June 1966.
More than 30 individuals reported the strange noises that Christmas morning.

A public meeting was conducted in the town to discuss the strange phenomenon

Roughly nine cases are described in ‘The Warminster Thing’ in which the unusual phenomena are the noises.
Over the period of time, the noisy occurrence receded and the visual phenomenon took its place to become the most important element of the Warminster phenomenon; the Warminster Thing became a UFO.

Many people took photos of the Warminster Thing during 1965

Arthur Shuttlewood, then editor of the local weekly newspaper the Warminster Journal, reported in his book “The Warminster Mystery”:

“The air was brazenly filled with a menacing sound. Sudden vibrations came overhead, chilling in intensity. They tore the quiet atmosphere to raucous rags and descended upon her savagely. Shockwaves pounded at her head, neck, and shoulders.”

Till June 1965, various strange objects were reported being seen in the skies around the town.
Arthur Shuttlewood became the talk of the town because of ‘The Warminster mystery’.
Sightings of “The Warminster thing” continued, but, by the early 1970s, they began to decline.
Cradle Hill became the center of attraction for skywatching activities, but Starr Hill and Cley Hill were also popular among the skywatchers.


Different people described strange objects differently.
One said it to be:

 “Cigar-shaped and covered with winking bright lights,” 

While the other described the object as:

“Twin red-hot pokers hanging downwards, one on top of the other, with a black space in between.”

The incidents attracted nation wide attention, and  over the August Bank holiday of 1965, an estimated 8000 people visited Warminster to get a glimpse of ‘The Thing’.
The following month, when resident Gordon Faulkner claimed to have captured a photo of the UFO, The Daily Mirror published the picture, garnering even more publicity for Warminster.

Gordon Faulkner eventually handover the photograph to Arthur, the editor of the local daily newspaper of Warminster, who later attached the photo to an article that he wrote for the Daily Mirror – a very popular British tabloid.
The article appeared in the September 10th issue of the Daily Mirror, bringing further attention to the small town of Warminster and those involved.
The news that strange events have been occurring at Warminster made its way stateside, with newspapers as far as California reporting on the eerie events in the sleepy market town.

The Warminster Thing: The Mysterious UFO Sightings of 1964

The unexplained sightings and the noises continued irregularly over the years.
The incident were reported ranging from “a ball of crimson light” in the sky to a “terrible droning sound” that made the witness’s floor and bed shake.

In 1966, the BBC filmed Pie in the Sky, a documentary based on the events that took place in Warminster. Arthur Shuttlewood wrote several books on the subject, while a local UFO enthusiast named Ken Rogers began publishing The Warminster UFO newsletter.

By the end of the 1970s, the sightings reduced, however in the 1980s the growth of the crop circle phenomena in Wiltshire rekindled interest in Warminster’s UFO connection.
More than 50 years have been passed since the occurrences begin to happen, and it still remains a mystery that why and how did a large number of population saw oddities altogether in such a short span.

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