The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Alston Formation

Computer Code: AG Preferred Map Code: AG
Status Code: Full
Age range: Asbian Substage (CR) — Pendleian Substage (CE)
Lithological Description: Bioclastic limestones, sandstones, mudstones, siltstones and rare coals typically in regular cyclothemic sequence.
Definition of Lower Boundary: At top of Orton Formation: on Alston Block at base of a thin mudstone below Melmerby Scar Limestone; in Cumbria at conformable base of Sixth Limestone.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Overlain conformably by rocks of the Stainmore Formation, the boundary been taken at the top of the Great Limestone Member.
Thickness: c.340m
Geographical Limits: British Geological Survey sheets 23, 24, 31.
Parent Unit: Yoredale Group (YORE)
Previous Name(s): Upper Liddesdale Group (B) [Obsolete Name And Code: Use AG] (URL)
Upper Liddesdale Group (A) [Obsolete Name And Code: Use AG] (ULDD)
Gleaston Formation [Obsolete Name And Code: Use AG] (GTGP)
Lower And Middle Limestone Groups (-3791)
Upper Liddesdale Group (*190)
Chief Limestone Group [Obsolete Name And Code: See GSCL And AG] (CHFL)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Partial Type Section  (Basal stratotype). Wildboar Scar: Arthurton, R S and Wadge, A J, 1981, pp.33-34. 
Reference Section  Croglin Water sections: Arthurton, R S and Wadge, A J, 1981, pp.45 and 149. Top of Alston Group at NY 634 463. 
Reference Section  The area between Bothel and Hesket Newmarket. 
Reference(s):
Arthurton, R S, and Wadge, A J. 1981. Geology of the country around Penrith. Memoir for geological sheet 24. Institute of Geological Sciences, London, HMSO. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
E031 E024 E023 E020 E018 E040