South Herefordshire

Old Red Sandstone

The Old Red Sandstone is a large group of rocks of late Silurian and Devonian age. They were formed in a semi-arid desert environment which has given them their conspicuous red colouring through the intense weathering of iron-bearing minerals. Nevertheless, they are highly variable in outcrop with red, green, purple or brown colourings, coexisting in […]

te quarters, Goodrich Castle

Brownstone

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

Medium to coarse sandstones occasionally with layers of quartz pebbles which outcrops most of the South-east corner of Herefordshire. Compared to the underlying Raglan Mudstone and St Maughans Formations the Brownstones are both more dominated by sandstones and more uniform in appearance. Deep brown or even purple coloured, the occurrence of bands and spots of […]

Outcrop of Quartz Conglomerate Formation , Coppett Hill (courtesy John Stocks)

Quartz Conglomerate

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

Coarse conglomerates and red sandstones with rounded pebbles of quartz and other lithologies. Likely used in some buildings in Goodrich although difficult to distinguish from a similar layer in the Brownstones which outcrops in Goodrich Castle moat. Also used in some local buildings on Penyard Hill above Ross. Notable use was made of the Quartz […]

Tintern Abbey interior

Tintern Sandstone

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

Green-grey to buff or pinkish sandstone. Not widely used for building and occurs only in the southern tip of Herefordshire around Goodrich. More extensively used in the Forest of Dean. Browse the database for sites using Tintern Sandstone ->