Colley Hill


Cliftons Lane

Buckland Tileworks.  These were situated north of the railway and were served by the siding, which was also connected to the sandpits.  The sidings and works were extended during World War II when they were used as a munition store.  Later the remaining buildings were used for storing theatrical scenery and now they are used for agricultural purposes.

Colley Pit

Buckland Sandpits  Here the Folkestone Beds of the Lower  Greensand spread over a wide area and the grain size and chemical composition of the sand make it particularly suitable for glass manufacture.  The operation at Buckland, which used to be one of the largest employers in the village, was  started in 1925 by the grandfather of the present owner; however since 1978 the operation has been leased to ARC Southern.  An earlier extraction operation took place at Colley Pit which is now restored as a lake and used for trout fishing. Once the operations at the other pits are completed these will also be restored as lakes.


Buckland Siding. This siding was on the north of the line to serve the tile works in Clifton’s Lane as well as the 2' 0" gauge line to the Buckland sand pits which went under the main line through a brick arch which still exists. The brick and tile works received sand from the Buckland Sand and Silica Company


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