Welsh UFO sightings from 1859. For sightings from other years please click HERE.PRESS
Matthew Street, Swansea
Mr Crompton, an ex-postman, along with his wife and their two children were living in a house on Matthew Street alleged to be haunting - Tom Watkins, a butcher, used to live there, and his sister hanged herself in the house. Paranormal activity occurred and the wife claimed to have seen a figure resembling neighbours' descriptions of the deceased butcher. It culminated in the ghost giving her a message to be delivered to two people; one of whom, claimed the Swansea Herald, became angry enough to threaten her with violence.
'The very probable explanation of the matter,' stated the newspaper, 'is that, her nerves being affected by want and by domestic unhappiness, she has been under the influence of a dream.' Mrs Crompton refused to deny its reality, and hundreds of people gathered in the street hoping to see a ghost. One man dressed in a white sheet obliged and was almost arrested.