History of Ball Clay extraction in Purbeck
The British Library Website Archives has archived a website that no longer exists that gives a brief history of the
extraction of Ball Clay in Purbeck.
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For further information here are some further sources of information
Published in August 2014 is Chris Legg's book on Fayles Tramway. Published in 2016 is his other companion book - The Furzebrook Railway
© Andrew P M Wright
(with 1891 "Cloister" in steam behind him)
The books are the BEST comprehensive history of Ball Clay extraction in Purbeck produced and well worth a read.
Chris Legg knew many Purbeck ball clay miners, managers and their families over many
years and his books are very people orientated stories with fascinating photographs and
drawings – many of which are published for the first time.
Other books worth a read on a son of a Purbeck Clay Merchant (if you can find copies) are
An unassuming Gentleman
"Home from the Hill"
Through the Subarctic Forest