The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Cowleigh Park Formation

Computer Code: CPA Preferred Map Code: CPa
Status Code: Full
Age range: Llandovery Epoch (SL) — Llandovery Epoch (SL)
Lithological Description: Interbedded purple, brown, green and grey sandstones, grits and conglomerates and shales.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Unconformable on Proterozoic rocks or faulted boundary with Proterozoic or Cambrian rocks.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Non sequence, overlain by Wyche Formation.
Thickness: 300m - 450m
Geographical Limits: Cowleigh Park-Malvern district, Hereford and Worcester; also Eastnor area, southern Malverns (Ziegler and others, 1968).
Parent Unit: May Hill Sandstone Group (MHS)
Previous Name(s): Cowleigh Park Beds (-813)
Cowleigh Park Formation [Obsolete Code: Use CPA] (CWP)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Type Area  Cowleigh Park area, near Malvern. 
Reference Section  Exposures by Cowleigh Road. 
Reference Section  Exposures in bank by football pitch, West Malvern. 
Ziegler, A M, Cocks, L R M and McKerrow, 1968. The Llandovery transgression of the Welsh Borderland. Palaeontology, Vol.11, 736-782. 
Phipps, C B and Reeve, F A E, 1967. Stratigraphy and geological history of the Malvern, Abberley and Ledbury Hills. Geological Journal, Vol.5, p.339-368. 
Groom, T T, 1910. The Malvern and Abberley Hills and the Ledbury district. Geology in the Field. Jubilee, Vol.II, Geologists' Association, p.698-738. 
Barclay, W J, Ambrose K, Chadwick, R A and Pharaoh, T C. 1997. Geology of the country around Worcester. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 199 (England and Wales). 
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