Cutlers Quarry

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Author(s):

C N Waters (BGS)

Cutlers Quarry [SD 6239 4007] and Dale House Quarry [SD 6253 4022], near Longridge, Lancashire[edit]

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Map extract from DigMap50k showing the location of Cutlers and Dale House quarries and the distribution of Pendleside Limestone Formation limestones (in turquoise) and Rad Brook Mudstone Member (pale blue), with underlying Hodderense Limestone Formation (in lilac) to NW and overlying Bowland Shale Formation present to SE. P785914.

Summary[edit]

This composite section in Cutlers Quarry [SD 6239 4007] and Dale House Quarry [SD 6253 4022] (both disused), located about 2.5 km northeast of Longridge, Lancashire (Aitkenhead et al., 1992)[1] is a reference section for the Pendleside Limestone Formation (Riley, 1990[2]; Waters et al. 2009[3]).

PENDLESIDE LIMESTONE FORMATION[edit]

Cutler's Quarry, WNW of Dale House near Longridge, is a disused quarry in the main Pendleside Limestone above the Rad Brook Mudstone Member. Thin to thick-bedded, bioturbated, grey wackestones and packstones with common black chert lenses and nodules, some graded beds and shaly mudstone intercalations. The thick massive beds comprise dark grey wackestones and thinner graded wackestones/packstone beds with sharp bases and directional sole structures (Aitkenhead et al., 1992). Slump folds are present in the extreme right-hand part of the quarry face.


Cutler's Quarry WNW of Dale House near Longridge. Slump folds are present in the extreme right-hand part of the quarry face (seen in P213510). P213509. Detail of slump folds in beds of Pendleside Limestone Formation at Cutler's Quarry WNW of Dale House near Longridge. P213510.


Dale House Quarry NW of Dale House near Longridge. Disused quarry in Pendleside Limestone above the Rad Brook Mudstone Member. Thin to thick-bedded, grey to dark grey wackestones and packstones some with abundant chert nodules, some graded beds and shaly mudstone intercalations, similar to Cutler’s Quarry. Total thickness 25.36 metres.

Dale House Quarry NW of Dale House near Longridge. Disused quarry in Pendleside Limestone. Thin to thick-bedded, grey to dark grey wackestones and packstones some with abundant chert nodules, some graded beds and shaly mudstone intercalations. P213511.

Structure[edit]

Both quarries show a tectonic dip of 47o to the southeast.

See also[edit]

Pendleside Formation (PDL)

References[edit]

  1. AITKENHEAD, N, BRIDGE, D M, RILEY, N J, and KIMBELL, S F. 1992. Geology of the country around Garstang. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 67 (England & Wales).
  2. RILEY, N J. 1990. Stratigraphy of the Worston Shale Group (Dinantian) Craven Basin, north-west England. Proceedings of the Yorkshire Geological Society, Vol. 48, 163-187.
  3. WATERS, C N, WATERS, R A, BARCLAY, W J, and DAVIES, J R. 2009. Lithostratigraphical framework for Carboniferous successions of Southern Great Britain (Onshore). British Geological Survey Research Report, RR/09/01