The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Penrith Sandstone Formation

Computer Code: PS Preferred Map Code: PS
Status Code: Pending Upgrade
Age range: Cisuralian Epoch (PLC) — Cisuralian Epoch (PLC)
Lithological Description: Coarse-grained cross-bedded aeolian sandstone.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Unconformable base on Carboniferous rocks.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Conformably overlain by Eden Shale Formation.
Thickness: Up to c.100m
Geographical Limits: BGS sheets 23, 24, 30, and 31
Parent Unit: Appleby Group (APY)
Previous Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Reference Section  In bluffs and river cliffs in Roe Beck. 
Reference(s):
Murchison, R I and Harkness, R, 1864. On the Permian rocks of the north west of England and their extension into Scotland. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, Vol.20, pp.144-165. 
Arthurton, R S and Wadge, A J, 1981. Geology of the country around Penrith. Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain. 
Eastwood T, and others. 1968. Geology of the country around Cockermouth and Caldbeck. Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Sheet 23 (England and Wales). 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
E023 E024 E018 S006 E040 E031