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27. Geology of South Shropshire (2002)


by M. Allbutt, J. Moseley, C. Rayner & P. Toghill

This new guide has itineraries grounded in a well understood and documented stratigraphy that spans all periods from Precambrian through to Triassic and covers lithologies from volcanic tuffs and lavas through fossiliferous marine and fluviatile sediments to aeolian sandstones. The authors hope to share their thrill of finding that the older classic areas of Shropshire still have the capacity to inspire.

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Table of Contents

Overview of Itineraries


Table of Contents


PREFACE

LIST OF FIGURES

THE GEOLOGICAL HISTORY OF SHROPSHIRE

ITINERARIES

1. The Longmynd area
John Moseley

2. Wart Hill and Hopesay Common
John Moseley

3. The Precambrian and Ordovician geology of the Caer Caradoc area, and local developments within the Church Stretton Fault System
Peter Toghill

4. The Stiperstones and East Shelve Inlier
John Moseley

5. The Standard Ludlovian sections of Mortimer Forest
Martin Allbutt

6. Mid Shelf Silurian Stratigraphy
Martin Allbutt

7. Outer Shelf Silurian Stratigraphy
Martin Allbutt
7A) Plowden Woods and Edgton
7B) Kempton and Bury Ditches

8. The Wrekin Area
Christine Rayner

9. Clee Hills
John Moseley

10. Bridgnorth Sandstones; Quatford to Worfe Bridge
Martin Allbutt


FURTHER READING

APPENDIX – SSSI’s and RIGS


Itineraries
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This new guide has itineraries grounded in a well understood and documented stratigraphy that spans all periods from Precambrian through to Triassic and covers lithologies from volcanic tuffs and lavas through fossiliferous marine and fluviatile sediments to aeolian sandstones. The authors hope to share their thrill of finding that the older classic areas of Shropshire still have the capacity to inspire.

Itinerary 1 The Longmynd area
John Moseley
The purpose of this itinerary is to examine representative sections of the late Precambrian sedimentary sequence that forms the Longmyndian supergroup.
Start Point Ragleth Inn, Little Stretton SO 443 919

Itinerary 2 Wart Hill and Hopesay Common
John Moseley
This excursion examines the diversity, structure and stratigraphy of the Precambrian Uriconian Volcanic Group that forms Wart Hill, and the relationship as a fault-bounded inlier within the Church Stretton Fault System to the slightly younger Precambrian sandstones of the Longmyndian Supergroup.
Start Point access point to Wart Hill SO 401 846

Itinerary 3 Caer Caradoc
Peter Toghill
This excursion studies the Uriconian Volcanics of the Caer Caradoc area, the adjacent Ordovician sediments laid down during the Caradoc epoch and the local development of the Church Stretton Fault System.
Start Point Willstone SO 492 953

Itinerary 4 The Stiperstones and East Shelve Inlier
John Moseley
This itinerary examines the rocks of the Tremandocian to Lower Llandeilo Series of the Ordovician Period and their fault-bounded eastern margin with volcanic and sedimentary Precambrian rocks.
Start Point car park on the east side of the Stiperstones ridge SO 370 977

Itinerary 5 Mortimer Forest
Martin Allbutt
The standard Ludlovian sections.
Start Point car park at SO 474 732

Itinerary 6 Wenlcok Edge and Corvedale
Martin Allbutt
Mid Shelf Silurian stratigraphy.
Start Point Eaton church SO 500 900

Itinerary 7 Southwest Shropshire
Martin Allbutt
Outer Shelf Silurian stratigraphy.
7A Plowden Woods and Edgton
Start Point Plowden SO 379 877
7B Kempton and Bury Ditches
Start Point Kempton SO 356 830

Itinerary 8 The Wrekin area
Christine Rayner
Classic unconformity of Cambrian on Late Precambrian; wide variety of Lower Palaeozoic sediments together with volcanics and igneous intrusions.
Start Point car park at SJ 639 092

Itinerary 9 Clee Hills
John Moseley
Lower Devonian to Upper Carboniferous sedimentary sequence with major dolerite sill.
Start Point The Leath SO 585 898

Itinerary 10 Bridgnorth
Martin Allbutt
Permian Bridgnorth Sandstone.
Start Point south of Quatford SO 738 904

Map of Itineraries