10 February 2011

Much Wenlock Quarries I

Just north of Much Wenlock lies Farley Quarry. A geology website explains that the quarry reveals the uppermost strata of the Coalbrookdale formations, an alternating sequence of grey, shaley mudstones and thin, nodular, buff to blue-grey limestones. The limestone was once coral reef, 100 feet under warm seas. Brachiopod fossils can be picked up from the ground.

The site has for many years been used for off-roading and quad-biking. It appears to be undergoing extensive grading (and, on the other side of the road, around the lake, preparation for building). For the grading much building rubble has been imported. Amidst this is the remains of marble headstones, which hopefully haven't come from consecrated ground.

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