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Knowl Hill or New Mount Brickworks"

Knowl Hill or New Mount Brickworks, Buckley


Knowl Hill Brickworks was the works which never made a brick! The works, kilns, flues and chimney were built and some machinery installed. When work on digging the clay-hole started, it was discovered that the works stood on a geological fault and although clay had been found on either side in Hancock's and the Mount clay-holes, only rock was found. The works, kilns and underground flues became an adventurous (perhaps dangerous) playground in the 1920s and 1930s. The chimney however brought fame to Buckley as the highest building (altitude plus height) in North Wales. If you stood in the bottom of the chimney and looked up, the clouds passing over made you feel dizzy! There was also a tale that the rim round the top was wide enough for a horse and cart to go round. It also had a spiral of brickwork all the way up, but it never smoked! Unfortunately it became too helpful to the Luftwaffe in their search for Liverpool, the steelworks, the aircraft factory, etc., and it was demolished in the very early days of WWII.

Author: Hayes, John Eric, 1918 - 2010


Year = 1900

Building = Industrial

Gender = Mixed

Landscape = Industrial

Work = Heavy Industry

Extra = Visual Arts

Extra = 1900s

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