The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Woolhope Limestone Formation

Computer Code: WOL Preferred Map Code: WoL
Status Code: Full
Age range: Sheinwoodian Age (SS) — Sheinwoodian Age (SS)
Lithological Description: Thinly bedded nodular limestones and calcareous siltstone and mudstones; some bentonites.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Conformable on Wyche Formation in Malverns; sharp lithological boundary with Upper Haugh Wood Beds in type area.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Conformably overlain by Coalbrookdale Formation; transitional junction.
Thickness: 6 - 75m; 39m in type area.
Geographical Limits: Woolhope Inlier, Malverns.
Parent Unit: Not Applicable (-)
Previous Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Reference Section  Roadside section near Stony Hill. 
Reference Section  Quarry section at Scutterdine. 
Type Area  Woolhope Inlier, Herefordshire. 
Reference(s):
Murchison, R I, 1839. 'Silurian System'. [London: John Murray.] 
Squirrell, H C and Tucker, E V. 1960. The geology of the Woolhope Inlier (Herefordshire). Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, Vol.116, 139-185. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
E216 E234 E199