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Report - Browns Folly, Wiltshire, Oct 2012

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Altair, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Browns Folly

    So another Report on Browns, there can't be many of you that haven't seen this place but I thought it was about time I shared my take on the place. Visited with Oxygen Thief, Styru and Atomic as part of our little Tour de Whiltshire. Lovely relaxed explore while seeing the sites this place has to offer. Unfortunately the famous rubber duck had gone AWOL but we found another little friend instead...


    Brown's Folly is a 39.9 hectare biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) near the village of Bathford in Bath and North East Somerset, notified in 1974. Also known as Farleigh (or Farly) Down Stone Quarry, it is operated as a nature reserve by the Avon Wildlife Trust (AWT).
    Brown's Folly is situated on steep west-facing slopes which overlook the River Avon. The calcareous soils have developed on Lower Lias clays, fuller's earth and oolitic limestone strata of Jurassic age. The local geology is of major importance in the context of the British Bathonian stratigraphy.

    The underground workings themselves are of great speleological and historical interest. They are extremely well decorated and contain many delicate stalactites and examples of gull formation (caves features formed by land slippage). The quarry workings provided stone for the façade of Buckingham palace.

    On with some pics













    13 finally our new little friend to replace AWOL ducky!

    Thanks for looking :)


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