Excursion to Farnham. Saturday, May 3rd, 1913 - Geologists' Association excursion

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Geologists' Association Circular No. 155. Session 1912-1913. p.4-5[edit]

Excursion to Farnham,—Saturday. May 3rd, 1913 (Transcription from: GA Circular No. 155. Session 1912-1913. p.4-5)[edit]



Leave Waterloo 1.10 p.m., arrive Farnham 2.38. To obtain cheap tickets, 4s. 2d. return, meet Mr. Williams in Booking Office not later than 12.50.

The object of the Excursion is to study the implement-bearing gravels near Farnham, which will be described in a paper to be read before the Association on May 2nd.

Close to the Station is a. pit in Terrace D (see Section), on the right bank of the River Wey, and about 50 ft. above it. Palaeoliths are rare at this level and nearly always abraded. Note the presence or a few chert pebbles. Ascend the hill, passing a disused pit in Terrace C., and examine a small pit in Terrace B. the gravel is surmounted by brick earth, and ends against a steep bank just below the summit of the hill (Terrace A). The gravel has been removed from Terrace A at this point, but sections by the roadside show an appreciable amount of chert. Walk along this terrace (Ridgway Road) and visit a large pit in Terrace B, where its relation to Teirace A is more evident. Palaeoliths are fairly common, but mostly small, Continue along the Ridgway to a pit in Terrace A; note the scarcity of chert, Cross the valley of the Bourne, and ascend the middle ridge of the Alice Holt Plateau (Terrace A being the northern ridge). In a pit at Boundstone chert is extremely plentiful, but Tertiary pebbles are scarcer than on Terrace A.

Follow the middle ridge (observing the southern ridge beyond it) to Rowledge. Have tea at Mayfield House, and examine Mr. Bury's collection of Palaeoliths.

Return to Farnham by way of Wrecclesham, where the junction of the Gault and Lower Greensand can be studied. Continue along by the Railway, passing gravel and clay pits in Terrace D, to Farnham Station in time for 8.17 train, due Waterloo 9.29. Total walking distance about 6½ miles.

Figure 1 Section across the valley of the Wey at Farnham, showing the principal gravel beds.


1 inch Geological Survey Map, Sheet 8 (Drift), Old Series.

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1908, BURY, H.—"Notes on the River Wey." Quart. Journ. Geol. Soc., vol. lxiv, pp. 318–334.

1912. SMITH R. A.—"On the Classification of Palwoiithic Stone Implements." Proc. Geol. Assoc., vol. xxiii, pp. 137-147.


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