Mike Howgate’s ‘walk’ on Thursday 6th April 2017 –
‘The Pulhamite Industry’ in Hertfordshire’.
Pulhamite is an artificial stone which was produced at a site near Broxbourne station from the 1830’s to the 1930’s. It was used in the manufacture of rockeries, fernaries, grottos and landscape features some of which look remarkably geological. We met up at a cafe alongside the river Lea then went to see the remains of the works, a kiln and bug wheel. After lunch we visited the Lowewood Museum to see their exhibition on the Pulhamite industry, which is on until the 28th. of April then it was on to the High Leigh Conference Centre to examine a Pulhamite ‘Millstone Grit’ gorge.
Southbank Foreshore walk with John Wong + some hardy AGS members 2nd March 2017
This is just a small amount of the interesting artefacts and even fossils that were found. Flint from being used as ballast in the past, as well as an old building material. Chalk from the ‘barge beds’ that were laid down on the shore for the flat bottomed barges to settle on when the tide was out. Large amounts of animal bones from restaurants and suchlike alongside the river in the past. Countless pipe stems and bowls from smokers past. A small bowl from the days when tobacco was much more expensive, larger bowls from more recently. Countless pieces of pottery, plain, decorated, glazed. Numerous pieces of iron work and steel from old boats broken up on the Thames shore. Coal from the loading wharfs that were scattered along the Thames. Lots of sand that had been deposited onto the shore for the 1951 Festival of Britain. Oyster shells, remains from an old fashioned meal. Tons of brickwork and stones from the Blitz and old wharfs and buildings that have gone to the Thames…..and a suspected Septarian Nodule or Concretion.
More photographs of the remaining part of the day……
Two sandstone paving slabs on Blackfriars Bridge, showing Liesegang rings.
CRYSTAL PALACE DINOSAURS
AGS Field Trip led by John Wong to Bardon Hill Quarry, Leicestershire.
29th October 2016
Some samples from the quarry:
Pictures by RF
Thank you AGS member Penny Badham for sharing some of her collection below:
Pictures by R.F.
Three fantastic AGS field trips pictured below, make sure you go on the next one!
Mike’s ‘Bucks Geology and Churches trip # 2’
Watling Street Part 7 with John Wong
Ironstone external mould of possible Pholadomya.
Great Tew Quarry, Oxfordshire with John Wong and all.
Picture taken by Paul, our guide & quarry manager.
Swallow Holes at Water End, Hertfordshire (an SSSI) – GA Field Trip July 2016 with Mike Howgate. (he with the stick…..)
Thank you Sue Jacobs for the info and photos and two more below…
Other interesting geological bits below……………
Phenocrysts of Feldspar in Granite + two close-ups
Thank you to Julia & Doug Daniels for the photos of some of their minerals, below.
The Stonesfield photos supplied by Mike Howgate and Richard Furminger.
Janice Nicholson sent me the three photographs below –
An interesting (oolitic) limestone tracery window in a Church in Essex with Anglo Saxon connections. Janice wondered what Winston Churchill was doing up there on the wall?
Pictures by R.F. unless otherwise credited.
Aerial photographs of Himalayas by kind permission L. Rybin.
Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona – photographer unknown.