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Ridgewell Erratic Boulders, RIDGEWELL , Braintree District, TL738413, Potential Local Geological Site

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Site category: Boulders - other types

Site name: Ridgewell Erratic boulders

Grid reference: TL 738413

Brief description of site:

North of the village at Bowles Farm are two glacial erratic boulders of unusual rock types.

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Summary of geological interest

North of the village near the road junction at Bowles Farm are two glacial erratic boulders hidden in the grass by the post box. They are of great interest because they are both igneous rocks of different types.

One is a 60 centimetre (2 foot) long angular boulder of fine-grained basalt and the other is a rounded boulder of a coarser-grained igneous rock of similar size that may be syenite.

On the village green (TL 737408) is a round sandstone boulder (80cm x 60cm x 30cm).

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Ridgwell erratic boulder 2
Ridgwell erratic boulder 2
Ridgwell erratic boulder 1
Ridgwell erratic boulder 1

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