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Buckley (Bwcle) in North Wales

Buckley ( Bwcle in Welsh) was built up around the coal, brick-making and pottery industries, and even though coal production had all but stopped by the mid 1930's the brick and pottery industries were still going VERY strong - long after the last colliery in Buckley was shut.

As one local - Andrew Parker - said:-

"Looking back to my childhood I can only recall about 5 coal pits. The one that sticks in my mind is Mountain Colliery as the train tracks for it used to run through where my parents kitchen is. I used to cross Church road, down from St Matthew's Church, to the old railway crossing gates and along where the old lines ran to the colliery itself. In fact I remember playing on the old pit head works when going to and from school, Mountain Lane Primary.

What I do recall are the great many clay pits when I was younger. Mostly the Mount which was around the back of the estate. It was one of many that were flooded. Many friends and I used to swim, canoe, play and fish in them.

But I think the biggest one was Lane End works, and I do believe that it has shut down in recent years but if you look at a map from the sixties you will see that most of the CLAY pits are in a line, from Lane End to the Mount, Polio, the Adders (long filled in with the land fill site) the Globe and so forth."

Buckley Boys Brigade

Buckley Boy's Brigade

Buckley Free Library and Council Chambers

Buckley Free Library and Council Chambers

Buckley Junction Staff

Buckley Junction Staff

Buckley Junction Station

Buckley Junction Station

Buckley - Main Street

Buckley - Main Street

Buckley - Mountain Colliery

Buckley - Mountain Colliery

Buckley - Old Windmill

Bckley - Old Windmill

Buckley - St Matthews Boys School

Buckley - St Matthews Boys School

Buckley - Lane End

Buckley - Lane End

Buckley - St Matthews School 1935

Buckley - St Matthew's School in 1935

Buckley - Tivoli Cinema

Buckley - Tivoli Cinema

 

 

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Acknowledgments:- The archives site has been made possible by the kind cooperation of: Anne Ashton, Ron Ashton, David Baker, Helena Crennell, Mary Eunice Davies, Ray Davies, Sandra Davies, Terry Ireland, David Sallery, Ky Thurland, Dave Williams, with photographic work from the collections of Dora M Davies, Ray Davies, Dr David Williams, Haydn Morris, Frank Armstrong and Phil Evans.