'Meadow Grass Land in a Wood' - an old translation of the ancient place name Boklee.
Overview of Buckley
Buckley is a town in the county of Flintshire and is the second largest town in Flintshire with a population of around 15,000. Nearby Ewloe Castle is also a notable landmark.
Buckley can be found nestled on the range of hills which extends between the valley of the River Alyn and the narrow plain beside the Dee Estuary. The town also boasts stunning views of the Clwydian Range in one direction and the River Dee in the other.
There has been some form of civilisation in, or near present day Buckley for hundreds of years. Old habitat remains are still being discovered and investigations show evidence of habitation in the Bronze Age. Invasion after invasion brought a stormy succession of Celts, Romans, Anglo Saxons and Normans, but with each tribe came a new civilisation influence that saw an evolving culture that has shaped the district of today. Religion and justice, mine works and potteries, land cultivation and road communications were among the many benefits which accrued after each new invasion, making Buckley an historic industrial centre for pottery making with the special brown clay for which the area was known, brick works and coal mining.
Six facts about Buckley
- The Royal Buckley Town Band is only one of 2 in the UK that can use 'Royal'
- The Buckley Jubilee is held annually on the the 2nd Tuesday of July
- Traditionally, the town has been known for its strong accented dialect, full of colloquialisms that can be hard to understand.
- Buckley is situated in north east Wales approximately 6 miles (10 km) from the border with England.
- In 1420, Henry V presented Ewloe and the pastorage of Buckley to his wife, Catherine of Valois, as a wedding present.
- Buckley was once known for its production of various fire-clay pottery products and by the early 19th century the town had 14 potteries.
Find out more about Buckley
The heritage trail in Buckley guides you around the areas and buildings of historic interest, identifying the public amenities in the area and it is easy to get a feel for the history of the area. There is also the Town Trail. Both trails can be joined at any of the locations and has been divided into two colours, blue for the Town Trail and red for the Heritage Trail. The town and heritage trail guide can be found here.
Buckley also has a proud tradition of bringing the community together. The Buckley Jubilee is traditionally held on the second Tuesday in July and was founded in 1857. It is an institution in which the locals of Buckley are very proud. It is suggested that the Buckley Jubilee was initiated by the endeavours of various non-conformists’ intent on promoting temperance in the community which involved a procession through the town as a symbol of unity, followed by a field day and gala of games for the children together with food and non-alcoholic drinks. In 2006 the Buckley Jubilee celebrated its 150th. The Royal Buckley Town Band (the band is one of only two in the entire United Kingdom to have received sanction from a British monarch to use “Royal” in their name), lead the Buckley Jubilee every year and accompany the singing at the open-air festival on the Higher Common where banners display the partaking Churches. The Anglican Sunday Schools joined the Buckley Jubilee processions in 1933 and Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church joined in 1970 – a testament to the unity and tolerance that enshrines the fundamental principles of the founding fathers and mothers of the Buckley Jubilee in the 19th century.
Buckley is no stranger to nature reserves either. With two within Buckley itself; Lane end and Spon Green; as well as the beautiful Buckley common, there is plenty of space to roam and enjoy the vistas and fresh air. There is also recreational course fishing available.
Padeswood Golf Club and the Bannel Golf Driving Range are on the outskirts of Buckley Town. The golf course is set in beautiful surroundings with tree lined fairways and quality greens. The River Alyn, streams and lakes meander across the greens and intersect play on eleven of the holes, whilst the picturesque Clwydian Range Countryside can be seen across the vale too.
Buckley also has a live music venue called The Tivoli Venue. With a history as a theatre and cinema since the 1920’s the venue has undergone a number of transformations since its beginnings. This much-loved live music venue has a unique underground atmosphere – as opposed to that of a modern (and somewhat soulless) concrete arena. It is two venues in one – an intimate 500 capacity room and a larger 1000 capacity hall. During the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s the venue had a tremendous run of bands through its doors and it was often cited as one of the best places to play on any tour. After a fifteen-year spell as a more mainstream nightclub, The Tivoli Venue is returning to its original roots and in 2010 the club enjoyed a buoyant resurgence on the live music scene.
Buckley has a pedestrianised town centre with a modern shopping precinct to which a variety of shops are located. There are also cafés, restaurants and public houses located throughout the town and surrounding areas making it a great place to visit.
Caerwys is a rural Town situated on a wide plateau overlooking the Clwydian Range in beautiful open countryside.
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You will find Buckley situated in the east of Flintshire only 6 miles from the English border. With the towns location resting on a high point of hills which extends between the valley of the River Alyn and the narrow plain beside the Dee Estuary, the spectacular Clwydian Range can be seen to the West too.
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