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Twinning City

Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside Parish Council
Parish Council Chairman, Trefor Jones

twin-city-3Joel Clayton was born in Bugsworth, Derbyshire, England in or about 1812. Joel Clayton’s parents and their eleven children immigrated to the United States during the years 1837 through 1841. In 1843, Joel married Margaret Ellen MacLay, a Scottish immigrant in Galena, Illinois and together they had nine children, the three youngest born in Clayton, California.

In 1853, Joel Clayton purchased 40 acres of land in the Diablo Valley, established a general store, cattle ranch, the first vineyards, and laid out the streets and lots of the community. Mr. Clayton’s involvement as a civic leader in the region led to the naming of the City of Clayton in his honor in 1857.

Joel Clayton died on March 9, 1872 from pneumonia, contracted while bringing in cattle during a rainstorm.

On August 19, 1996 an official “twinning city” ceremony was held at the Navigation Inn in


Buxworth, Derbyshire, England, bridging together the birthplace and founding place of Joel Clayton. 

The City of Clayton and its residents enjoy a wonderful “Twinning City” relationship with the Parish Council of Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside and its residents, fostered by frequent visitations and exchanges across the Atlantic Ocean.

Contact Information

Chinley, Buxworth and Brownside Parish Council
Parish Clerk: Mrs. B Wise
Parish Office, 3 Lower Lane, Chinley, High Peak, SK 23 6BE
Tel: 01663750139
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