The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Hutton Henry Peat

Computer Code: HUHY Preferred Map Code: notEntered
Status Code: Index Level
Age range: Devensian Stage (QD) — Devensian Stage (QD)
Lithological Description: A transported glacial raft of very strongly compressed, sheared and folded peat containing well preserved fragments of moss and high percentages of Hornbeam palynomorphs. Such values are typical of the later temperate stages of the Ipswichian Interglacial.
Definition of Lower Boundary: No lower boundary as such because field relationships confirm that the item is a glacial raft enclosed by dark grey stony diamicton of the Wear Till Formation. The peat is sheared, folded and streaked out towards the southwest in a similar direction to that indicated by the erratic content and fabric of the enclosing till.
Definition of Upper Boundary: No upper boundary as such because field relationships confirm that the item is a glacial raft enclosed by grey stony diamicton of the Wear Till Formation. The peat is sheared, folded and streaked out towards the southwest in a similar direction to that indicated by the erratic content and fabric of the enclosing till.
Thickness: 0.5m
Geographical Limits: Durham lowlands.
Parent Unit: Wear Till Formation (WETI)
Previous Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Alternative Name(s): Hutton Henry Bed
Stratotypes:
Type Section  Temporary cutting section exposed during construction of the A19 trunk road at Hutton Henry, near Peterlee. Beaumont et al., 1969. 
Reference(s):
Beaumont, P, Turner, J and Ward, P F. 1969. An Ipswichian peat raft in glacial till at Hutton Henry, County Durham. New Phytologist, Vol.68, p.779. 
Thomas, G S P. 1999. Northern England. 91-98 in Bowen, D Q (Editor), A revised correlation of Quaternary and Neogene deposits in the British Isles. Geological Society Special Report No.23. 
Francis, E A. 1970. Quaternary. 134-152 in Johnson, G A L, Geology of Durham County. [Newcastle: Natural History Society of Northumberland, Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.] 152pp. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
E027