historic old crop circles - UK circles
1957 - Meopham
This case is one of the stranger from the historical UK circles. It involves a Mr Colin Ellis who one morning in June 1957, was riding his motorcycle to work, heading north along the A227 in Kent.
Mr Ellis was involved in some sort of incident, and ended up in a field next to the road with several injuries, his motorbike close by. Mr Ellis recalled that "everything went black", and he felt himself being pulled off the bike, and through a roadside hedge.
It is not at all clear what happened to Mr Ellis, although there is a possibility that the sensations experienced were the result of some form of psychological episode which left him temporarily distorted and unable to control the motorcycle.
In any respect, what is of interest is that Mr Ellis came to next to a "very large" circle of flattened crop. Later in the day his father and brother returned to the scene to retrieve the motorbike, and were witness to the circle.
His brother Alastair later told Colin Andrews of the degree to which the plants were flattened: "It was as if the crop had been impounded into the earth. It was perfectly compressed, flat to the ground, with some plants actually stuck to the soil."
It is possible the circle had formed prior to a rainstorm, which might have battered the already horizontal stems, while simultaneously softening the earth beneath. This could perhaps account for the stems being stuck to the ground.
The location is described as on the A227, approaching the Tollgate. The Tollgate is the name of the junction of the A227 and the A2, and there is an hotel called the Tollgate at that spot. As Mr Ellis was heading away from Meopham, he must have been traveling north towards the A2 junction. We believe the likely location of the circle was in one of the fields pictured to the right. The largest of these shows signs of subterranean remains of old field boundaries, and it is probable that this field was once divided into smaller plots.