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):
Eastwood,T, Hollingworth, S E, Rose, W C C and Trotter, F M. 1968. Geology of the country around Cockermouth and Caldbeck. Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, England and Wales, Sheet 23. 
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. 
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. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
E031 E023 E024 E018 S006 E040