In July 1963 farmer Roy Blanchard found a crater measuring
approximately 1 foot deep and 8 feet across in one of his potato
fields at Manor Farm, Charlton, Wiltshire. At the centre of the crater
was a hole some 3 feet deep. The discovery of the crater proved to be of
great interest to the press and television news. The Army, and various
scientific experts arrived at Manor Farm to conduct an investigation
of the crater. Perhaps the crater was connected with an unexploded
wartime bomb? The Army bomb disposal squad determined that there was
no bomb. Metal was found in the crater which was later identified as
magnetite, in the Charlton area magnetite occurs naturally in the
Roy Blanchard was convinced that there was only one possible
explanation as to the crater's origin, a Flying Saucer! Although Mr
Blanchard admitted 'I didn't actually see it', he then added 'but what
else could it have been? Obviously some craft from outer space since
it sucked out my barley and potatoes when it took off.'
A rather curious character by the name of Dr Randall, who claimed to be an Astro Physicist, informed the press that the crater had been formed by a flying saucer from Uranus! The press reported the Dr's claims, and so fuelled speculation about the strange nature of the crater. Questions about the crater were raised in the House of Commons, it was conluded that as it stood the business could not be entirely explained .
Note both of the images that appear on this page are taken from the Channel 5 television documentory The British UFO Files.