Earl Shilton and Barwell, Leicester’s UFO Hotspots


Tales of unidentified flying objects have always shaken up conspiracy theorists. And the reports and stories from Leicester are no different. Interestingly most of the sightings in Leicestershire are around Hinckley; More specifically Earl Shilton and Barwell.

Why these areas? What has been seen? And by whom?

UFO Hotspot?

There is sightings all over Leicestershire and these are surprisingly very common, with reports almost daily.  But the sightings stand out in Barwell and Earl Shilton as the reports are very consistent. Descriptions of the UFO’s are similar and are reported by a diverse group of people; These include Doctors, Landlords, Police Officers, Shop Assistants and even Farmers. There is also some very clear videos and photographs.

UFO’s have been reported in this area since September 1706, where a bright white and yellow ball was observed moving downwards towards a male witness at great speed in many different directions.”

What is a UFO?

A UFO stands for “Unidentified Flying Object”. The first thing I must mention is that a UFO doesn’t always mean an alien or an alien spacecraft.

Around 90% of UFO sightings can be explained. For example; In the last few years, reports of silent orange orbs have grown significantly. This is down to the widespread use of “Chinese Lanterns” being used at celebrations. 

That leaves 10% that is unexplained. Lights, noises and objects that are reported and that no one can explain.

Earl Shilton and Barwell.

Why are sightings more profound in this area? I honestly can’t say why.

The biggest reason in my opinion is that the two towns that overlap each over are surrounded by countryside with very little light pollution. On a clear night, the sky is very defined and a lot can be seen. Yes, most small villages in Leicestershire have a clear night sky but also have a very small population. Earl Shilton and Barwell have a combined population of approximately 20,000 people, this plus the clear skies would lead to more reports.

The Leicester Chronicle published a recent article on the Barwell Meteorite Shower. The largest ever meteorite to hit the UK. Maybe this has something to do with the unexplained 10% of sightings in the area?

Visit the next page for some accounts of UFO’s in Earl Shilton and Barwell. (below the advertisement)

Thomas Kirkup is an engineer in the Royal Navy. Born and raised in Leicester he is fascinated by the city's long and varied history. He also hates to discus himself in the third person, but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.

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