North Worcestershire

Iron nodule in Highley Sandstone (Halesowen Formation), Worcester Cathedral

Halesowen Formation

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:11 am

Carboniferous sandstones found in North Worcestershire from Highley to Abberley. Generally greenish to buff, the stone is commonly micaceous and cross-bedded and marked out by the frequent occurrence of small nodules of iron which appear as dark spheres or irregular patches which tend to protrude from the surface. Orange goethite iron staining, particularly on joint […]

Alveley Stone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:07 am

In general this is a fine-grained well sorted sandstone often showing cross-bedding. In colour it is crimson to dull brownish-red, chocolate, purple and lavender sandstone from the Carboniferous age Salop Formation (Alveley Member). Quarried near Alveley, North Worcestershire, the main quarry is just outside the village. Hextons Quarry just north of Upper Arley also supplied […]

Permian/Triassic “New Red Sandstone” – Bewdley

Bridgnorth Sandstone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:07 am

The Bridgnorth Sandstone Formation is a soft, brick red, commonly buff-mottled, Permian sandstone characterised by large dune cross-beds. Formed from wind-blown (aeolian) sand and relatively poorly cemented, it is not widely used in comparison to the Carboniferous and Triassic red sandstones of the county. The most notably example of its use is in Wribbenhall Railway […]

St James Church Hartlebury

Triassic Sandstone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:01 am

The majority of the Triassic Sandstones found in Worcestershire are from the fluvially deposited Sherwood Sandstone Group (named after its type outcrop in Nottinghamshire) which outcrops across the centre and north of the county. The group consists of red, brown and grey sandstones, commonly pebbly or conglomeratic at the bases of beds, interbedded with red […]

Old Quarry Face, Forelands Grove, Hill Top, Bromsgrove

Bromsgrove Sandstone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:11 am

Red and grey, sometimes mottled, Triassic Sandstones from the Bromsgrove Sandstone Formation quarried in the Rock Hill and Hill Top areas of Bromsgrove. Used locally mainly for large boundary walls it was most probably exported and is used across the county. Several other sandstones from the same geological formation are used as building stones including […]

Arden Sandstone

January 1, 201312:00 pmMay 26, 2016 9:00 am

Fine- to medium-grained, variably coloured green, brown, buff and mauve sandstones with some beds of conglomerate which occur locally. Often cross-bedded with planar or trough-shaped laminations. Used locally along its outcrop which forms a rough E-W belt from Malvern Hills in west to Inkberrow in east. Local varieties include grey Inberrow Sandstone and grey to […]