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In the early hours of 21st September 1949, residents of the village of Beddgelert were woken by the bright light of the falling space rock, and described a “terrific sound” as it tore through the roof tiles of the Prince Llewelyn pub.

Two Durham University scientists, who had read about the incident in a newspaper, travelled to Beddgelert and collected the meteorite for analysis. They published their results in a 1950 scientific paper, along with eyewitness accounts that provide fascinating insight into the event.

The National Wales: The meteorite was discovered in Beddgelert, North WalesThe meteorite was discovered in Beddgelert, North Wales 

One particularly poetic account came from a Miss Janet Wilson, who lived roughly thirty miles away in Penmaenmawr.

She wrote in a letter: “I  was awake on the morning of the display - my room was suddenly lit up to such an extent that I could have read headlines of a paper.

“I hurried to the window and saw a most beautiful sight.

“Flying across was a blue luminous body, partially bulbous and partially elongated, but a most lovely blue colour.

“The whole spectacle did not occupy more than about 45 seconds.

“Very shortly after it had gone, I heard a slight distant explosion.

“I consider myself fortunate to have seen it, a most magnificent sight.”



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+3 votes

I'm very glad it wasn't like the Tunguska event of 1908.

Most of Wales would have been flattened!   :O


Yeah...now if only one could flatten Moscow.


With Putin in town...


I looked online to learn about the Tunguska event -- 830 square miles of forest were flattened!

The photo is from 1927, some nine years later.


+2 votes

So glad no one was in the Prince Llewellyn Pub at the time...and, tx to you, SFA, we know who Prince Llewellyn was!


I hadn’t heard of this but S4C ,our Welsh language tv channel had a show about it this week..


Makes me pleased to know there is a Welsh language TV channel.

+1 vote

I did not know it!