Welsh UFO sightings from 1852. For sightings from other years please click HERE.
Multiple newspapers carried coverage of a murder charge against a Brecon farmer, Thomas Phillips of Pentrenaboth, who was accused by one of his servants of feeding a newborn baby to a pig in 1850. I'm including it here though because of some of 24 year old Hugh Williams' (the accuser) testimony on the stand. He was cross-examined 'at considerable length' about his belief that a ghost had recently carried him away many miles across the country.
Rather than deny it, Williams 'gravely admitted [it] to have been the fact, much to the surprise and astonishment of all present.'
The Brecon Gazette (03/04/1852) went into the most detail. This ghost, in addition to frequently carrying him off, apparently haunted Williams in various forms 'until he had obeyed a mandate given him to throw a pair of pistols, taken from an old mansion-house, into the river Usk.' The story likely played its part in the jury aquitting the prisoners without hearing any of the defence witnesses.
The Welshman (24/09/1852) told readers that they had heard reports of the the return of the Sennybridge ghost. Sadly that is all we'll ever know of the affair as, the paper haughtily stated, they were not about to insult their audience's common sense 'by inserting a farrago of nonsense concocted and promalgated probably by some idle dreamer, or intoxicated idiot.'