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Buckley Society Magazine Issue Seven cover: includes Contents and Editorial Note"


January 1982

Buckley Society Magazine Issue Seven, January 1982


See below for Contents and Editorial Note





The Magazine of

The Buckley Society

No.7 January 1982


2/Lt. Frederick Birks, V.C., M.M.


BUCKLEY NO. 7January 1982




Editorial 2


Second Lieutenant Frederick Birks, V.C., M.M., by

J.E. Griffiths and K. Lloyd Gruffydd 3-7


An Early Pottery Site in Buckley by James Bentley 8-14


The Buckley Railway and the Expansion of the Buckley

Brick Industry, 1860-70, by Bryn Ellis 15-19


A Brief History of Buckley Collieries under the ownership of

George Watkinson & Sons Ltd., and the Buckley Collieries

Co. Ltd., by Thomas J. Hopwood 20-24


The Buckley Amateur Pantomime Company by

A. Geoffrey Veysey25-31


Cricket in Buckley by Charles Duckworth32-36


Dewi Emrys: A Buckley Minister Remembered by Eirlys Gruffydd37-40






Chairman:Mr. Charles Duckworth, The Willows, Tram Road, Buckley.

Secretary:Mr. Neville Jones


The Buckley Society was founded in 1969 to further knowledge about the history of the town and surrounding districts. Meetings are held regularly during the winter months and excursions take place during the spring and summer. Many members participate in excavations in the Buckley area.


The annual subscription is £1.00. Further information of the Society's activities and copies of this magazine (price 75p plus postage) can be obtained from the Hon. Secretary or from the Publicity Officer (Mr. James Bentley, MPS, Brunswick Road Buckley).


Contributions for the magazine to be sent to the editors:


K. Lloyd Gruffydd and A.G. Veysey

c/o Clwyd Record Office,


Deeside, Clwyd CH5 3NR


Published by the Buckley Society with the assistance of the Clwyd Voluntary Services Council.





The articles in this issue represent a wide variety of topics, ranging from Buckley pottery, railways and the local brick industry, to the famous annual Buckley pantomime.



How many Buckleyites recall taking pennies to St. Matthew's School at the end of the First World War, so that a photograph of their local hero, Fred Birks, could be enlarged and framed for the school? For years the portrait hung in the headmaster's room, but where is it now? In his search for information about the town's most illustrious soldier, James 'Webert' Griffiths, one of the authors of an article in this issue, visited his grave in Belgium.



Did many people know that T.C. Bartley of Buckley umpired test matches during the 1950's? Can any reader tell us more about him?



The editors are grateful to Mr. C. Hogg and the Clwyd Voluntary Services Council for again undertaking the typing arranging for the printing of this magazine. Contributions, long or short, are still required if there are to be further issues recording aspects of Buckley's history.





K.Lloyd Gruffydd


A.Geoffrey Veysey





Author: Buckley Society


Year = 1982

Month = January

Document = Journal

Extra = Formal Portrait

Extra = Military

Extra = WW1

Extra = 1980s

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