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Up until the 1970s, a visitor approaching Buckley from the east would have observed a vista of smoky haze, pierced by dots of fiery kilns. These represented the numerous 'brick-kilns' which gave the town a world-wide reputation for its production of bricks, fire-clay refractories and pottery. The Buckley Railway chugged up and down the line to Connah's Quay Docks, and steam traction wagons competed with increasing road traffic. As usual, our experimenting youths augmented the scene, with forbidding puffs of tobacco, hidden by the numerous 'bancs' of 'fey' or waste clay.

Buckley Library, Museum and Gallery





oil on canvas board


H 30 x W 60.5 cm

Accession number

FLIMS 2011.1/42

Acquisition method

gift from the estate of Mrs Bentley, 2010

Work type



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Buckley Library, Museum and Gallery

The Precinct, Buckley, Flintshire (Sir y Fflint) CH7 2EF Wales

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