The alum works was started in the mid-17th century and closed in about 1860. There was a major redevelopment about 1800 when a new alum house was constructed by Hummersea beach. The history and industrial archaeology of the alum works has received much attention in recent years and, in particular, there is the major survey by English Heritage (Hunt et al. 2004). The main sites are included in the mini-geotrail.
Monthly Archives: April 2011
Boulby Quarry and the sea cliffs beneath (making use of the tracks down to the shore) are where several 19th century and, more recently, geologists such as Chowns made measured sections. That by Lewis Hunton (1836) is the most notable as he independently recognized the importance of collecting fossils in-situ, and relating the fossils found to the beds in which they occur bolstering the emerging concept of biostratigraphy.
Welcome to the latest offering in the TVRIGS Rock of the Month series of articles. This month I thought that we might examine a broad group of deposits known as argillaceous rocks, collectively referred to as argillites (clay rocks), as opposed to arenites (sandstones) and rudites (conglomerates, tillites and breccias).
Derived from the Latin Argilla – [...]