The Limestone "Floors"

A W.J. Harrison, writing in 1877, described the different limestone floors found through a section of a large limestone pit operated by Messrs John Ellis & Sons at Barrow close to the railway:

  

Ft.

Inches

Fossils etc.

1.

Soil

2

9

Roman remains, pepples & boulders of Forest rock.

2.

Shale or 'slavin'

7

9

 

3.

Limestone 'Bank Hurs'

0

4.1/2

 

4.

Shale

17

7

Ammonites, Iron pyrites

5.

Limestone 'Rummels'

0

11

 

6.

Shale

4

3

 

7.

Limestone 'First Floor'

0

10

 

8.

Shale

 

11

 

9.

Limestone 'Second Floor'

     

10.

Shale

0

11

 

11.

Limestone 'Hurs'

0

8

Jet

12.

Shale

0

2

 

13.

Limestone 'First Hog'

0

3

 

14.

Shale

1

3

 

15.

Limestone 'Second Hog'

0

8

Insects, fish scales.

16.

Shale

0

8

 

17.

Limestone 'Bottom Floor'

0

4

Ichthyosaurus, Plesiosaurus.

18.

Shale

1

7

 

19.

Limestone 'Good-for-nought'

0

4

Ichthyosaurus

20.

Shale

4

1

 

21.

Limestone 'Four foot'

0

8

Insects

It is interesting to see from the above description that many of the floors were relatively thin compared to the shale deposits in between.

The Limestone Floors

This photograph, taken at the time of the building of the railway bridge at Melton Road clearly shows the various limestone strata or "floors".

 

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Last Updated. 10-January-2016 By admin