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Field meeting: Romney Marsh - its churches and geology, 22 May 2004

Potter, J. F. (2005) Field meeting: Romney Marsh - its churches and geology, 22 May 2004. Proceedings of the Geologists Association, 116. pp. 161-175. ISSN 0016-7878

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The building fabrics of seven churches situated either on Romney Marsh or the marshland fringe were examined briefly. These revealed important differences in the relative abundance of the two principal building stones. Ragstones from the Hythe Formation occurred more frequently in the northeast, while sandstones from the Ashdown 'Beds' were more common in the west. In the Romney Marsh area, both stones were quarried mainly from their adjoining coastlines, with, up to the thirteenth century, opportunist collection of beach boulders generally preceding the exploitation or hewn stone. Other building stones, possible distribution routes and impacts of the quarrying upon coastline development were also discussed.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:3989
Uncontrolled Keywords:Romney Marsh churches church building stones coastline development
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