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Buckingham Hill Sand Quarry, ORSETT, Thurrock District, TQ674809, Potential Local Geological Site

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The disused Buckingham Hill Pit, north-west of Walton’s Hall, as formerly operated by Tarmac and is often referred to as the Orsett Tarmac Pit. It provides fine exposures of the Upnor Formation (formerly called the Woolwich Beds) but unlike the Orsett Cock Quarry these cliffs are mostly sand. Of particular interest in the sandy parts of this formation is the preservation in the cliff faces of burrows of crustaceans that lived on the sandy sea floor some 60 million years ago.

This site gives the impression of a wild and remote corner of Essex and the towering cliffs of sand add to the grandeur of the scene. It is important that the cliff profiles are retained for the benefit of geology and wildlife.

The Buckingham Hill Sand Pit. Photo © G. Lucy


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Reference: Ellison 2004 (p.26-27)

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