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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 769
 Date Entered 11/12/2013
 Updated on 11/12/2013
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geological Record
 Record Type Geological HER
 SWAAG Site Downholme Moor
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 27/11/2013
 Location Downholme Quarry
 Civil Parish Downholme
 Brit. National Grid SE 1130 9812
 Altitude 227m
 Geology Fossiliferous Main Chert series strata overlying the Main Limestone.
 Record Name The Main Limestone and overlying fossiliferous chert strata exposed in Downholme Quarry
 Record Description This record provides a photo record of the rarely so clearly exposed and seen thin bedded fossiliferous chert strata which directly overlies the massively bedded Main Limestone in the wall of Downholme Quarry. To my untrained eye the fossils seen include not only productid brachiopod shells but also very fine examples of the polyzoan Fenestella sp and sections through two examples of spirally structured shells which may be large gastropods or possibly goniatites. Reference: The British Museum. British Palaeozoic Fossils. Below the quarry is a very fine limekiln. Large ash trees grow in the hedgerows around the quarry and a walk on the MOD Downholme Permissive Footpath which passes the entrance to this quarry is worth while to see the views from high of the discreetly located Downholme Church and across to the medieval lynchets and iron age defensive earthworks on the summit of How Hill, Downholme. See photofile.
 Dimensions See photographs.
 Additional Notes This quarry is on MOD Land but can be seen from the Downholme Permissive Footpath which traverses the western edge of the MOD Range. Access is at your own risk. Do not approach or climb the exposed rock face and observe the access and safety rules laid down at the entrance to the quarry and in the Permissive Footpath Leaflet. This quarry will be visited at the beginning of a walk for SWAAG Members and their guests during a programme of walks planned to take place in the New Year.
 Image 1 ID 4866         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The Downholme Quarry from the MOD Permissive footpath to Thorpe Edge.
 Image 2 ID 4867         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The face of the quarry with thin bedded chert strata above the Main Limestone.
 Image 3 ID 4868         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description 
 Image 4 ID 4871         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Surface of limestone with fossils.
 Image 5 ID 4869         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Possible Goniatite. A rare zonal fossil of the Namurian.Detail
 Image 6 ID 4870         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Possible Goniatite. A rare zonal fossil of the Namurian. Detail.
 Image 7 ID 4874         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Productid brachiopod shells and the bryozoan fenestella.
 Image 8 ID 4876         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description The lime kiln
 Image 9 ID 4877         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description 
 Image 10 ID 4878         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description 
 Image 11 ID 4879         Click image to enlarge
 Image 11 Description 
 Image 12 ID 4880         Click image to enlarge
 Image 12 Description 
 Image 13 ID 4886         Click image to enlarge
 Image 13 Description The Permissive Footpath Signboard at Downholme Village.
 Image 14 ID 4885         Click image to enlarge
 Image 14 Description How Hill, Downholme from the Quarry.
 Image 15 ID 4883         Click image to enlarge
 Image 15 Description How Hill, Downholme from the Quarry.
 Image 16 ID 4884         Click image to enlarge
 Image 16 Description Earthworks on How Hill, early cultivation overlies an Iron Age defended settlement.
 
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