of old railway track .
of clay is a messy business! As the clay pits got deeper
the problems of transporting clay back to the brickwork
through Wealden clay became more difficult. Wares overcame
this problem by installing a narrow gauge railway with
a main track down the site to the Eastern clay workings
and branch lines into the two deep pits.
20hp twin Ruston loco provided the engine power pulling
up to eight trucks, each loaded with about one ton of
material. Because this was a narrow gauge railway the
engine driver sat sideways on the Ruston loco.
ensure the stability of the track it was laid on a bed
of broken tiles and other terra-cotta aggregate discarded,
no doubt from the main brickwork's.
remains of the raised track-bed is still visible across
the top, main events meadow. It then follows a grass
path down the site, passing a small copse before cutting
through bushes to the stream. Here the path is littered
with broken tiles from the old track-bed.
stream is seasonal but the area is damp enough all the
year round to support the growth of watercress just
upstream from this picture.
the Uckfield Festival celebrations in 2003 this area
provided the backdrop to the Uckfield Youth Theatre's
Shakespeare production of Midsummer Nights Dream - from
industrial backdrop to romantic setting!