Excursion to Faringdon. Saturday, May 24th, 1913 - Geologists' Association excursion

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Geologists' Association Circular No. 155. Session 1912-1913. p.11-12[edit]

Excursion to Faringdon. Saturday, May 24th, 1913. (Transcription from: GA Circular No. 155. Session 1912-1913. p.11-12)[edit]

DIRECTOR: LLEWELLYN TREACHER, F.G.S.

EXCURSION SECRETARY: T. W. READER, 17, Gloucester Road, Finsbury Park, N.

Leave Paddington 9.0 a.m.; arrive Uffington 11.23 a.m. To obtain cheap return tickets, 7s. 5d., meet Mr. Reader in main line booking office not later than 8.45 a.m. These tickets are available for return up to May 26th. Members who desire to stay for the week-end should apply to the Director for information as to hotel accommodation.

Members should bring lunch. There is an inn at Uffington Station, but no other until Faringdon is reached.

Visit the large pit in Lower Gault on the south side of the railway, then return and walk north-westward across the valley of the Ock to Fernham village. Ascend the hill of Lower Greensand to Cole's Pits, a series of old workings in the Ironsands, formerly supposed to be the pit-dwellings of an ancient British village.

Continue northward to Faringdon Pit in the Red Gravel. Cross the Allotment Field to Coxwell Pit in the Sponge Gravel. Time will be allowed for collecting in both pits, and if possible other sections of the Gravel will be visited. This deposit, which is of Aptian age, is remarkable for the great number of beautifully preserved contemporaneous fossils it contains, especially the sponges, bryozoa, echinoderms, teeth and bones of reptiles and fishes, besides many others derived from the Corallian and Kimeridge Clay.

There are other features of both geological and physiographical interest to be seen during the walk, and, if the weather is clear, several views worth photographing, especially of the White Horse Hill.

Tea at Faringdon at 5 o'clock at the White Hart. Meat tea, 1s. 6d. each. Total walking distance 4 miles.

Return train leaves Faringdon 5.55 p.m.; due Paddington 8.30 (via Swindon).

REFERENCES.

Ordnance Survey Maps, 1 in. scale, Sheet 253.

Ordnance Survey Maps, 6 in. scale, Quarter-sheets Berkshire, 8 S.W. and 13 N.W.

Geological Survey Maps (Old Series), Sheets 13 and 34.

1907. TREACHER, L1.—"Report of Excursion to Faringdon." Pro. Geol. Assoc., vol. xx., pp. 117–121. Gives numerous references to the Geology of the locality of earlier dates.

1909. GREGORY, J. W.—"Catalogue of Cretaceous Bryozoa in the British Museum," vol. 2.

1910. WHITE H. J. OSBORNE–"Geology- in the field." Part II, pp. 216-220, sketch map on p. 217.

1912. HAWKINS, HERBERT L.—"The Species of Cidaris from the Lower Greensand of Faringdon." Geol. Mag., December No., pp. 529–540.

1913. WOODS, H.—"British Cretaceous Lamellibranchia." Palaeont. Soc. This Monograph, now complete, gives figures and descriptions of all the Faringdon species.

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Page 39 P804571 Sections in Gault Clay near Uffington Station. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 39 P804572 Sections in Gault Clay near Uffington Station. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 39 P804573 Faringdon Pit in Red Gravel. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 39 P804574 Red Gravel with calcareous concretions. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913. Added note: concretionary layer. [People.].
Page 41 P804575 Cole's Pits. A series of old workings in the Ironsands. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 41 P804576 Cole's Pits. A series of old workings in the Ironsands. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 41 P804577 Extracting remains of early British pottery. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913. [People.].
Page 41 P804578 Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913. [Group of people.].
Page 43 P804579 Face of sections in old workings of Faringdon Gravel. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 43 P804580 Face of sections in old workings of Faringdon Gravel. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913. Added note: inscription dated 1830.
Page 43 P804581 Surface of concretions, showing bryozoa, sponges etc. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 43 P804582 Surface of concretions, showing bryozoa, sponges etc. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 45 P804583 Coxwell Pit in Sponge Gravel. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 45 P804584 Coxwell Pit in Sponge Gravel. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913. [Two people at work.].
Page 45 P804585 Face of Sponge Gravel. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 45 P804586 Corner of pit showing the beds dipping at different angles. Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 47 P804587 Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 47 P804588 Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 47 P804589 Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.
Page 47 P804590 Excursion to Faringdon, May 24th 1913.