The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Woolwich And Reading Beds Formation

Computer Code: WRB Preferred Map Code: WRB
Status Code: Pending Upgrade
Age range: Paleocene Epoch (GP) — Paleocene Epoch (GP)
Lithological Description: Glauconitic sands at base (Bottom Bed), overlain by grey clays and sands with brackish fauna (Woolwich Beds), and interleaved red and variegated clays and sands (Reading Beds).
Definition of Lower Boundary: Drawn at base of glauconitic sand of the Woolwich and Reading Beds where it rests unconformably on fine-grained sands of the Thanet Formation.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Unconformity, at boundary between clays and sands of the Woolwich and Reading Beds and sands and pebble beds of the London Clay Formation. (Blackheath and Oldhaven Beds intervene in the east of London and Essex).
Thickness: Approx. 12-20m
Geographical Limits: London Basin.
Parent Unit: Not Entered (?)
Previous Name(s): Woolwich And Reading Series (-3142)
Woolwich And Reading Beds (-2293)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Type Area  Woolwich Beds: Ballast Pit at Charlton, near Woolwich, London. 
Reference(s):
Ellison, R A, 1983. Facies distribution in the Woolwich and Reading Beds of the London Basin, England. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, Vol. 94, 311-319. 
White, E I, 1931. The vertebrate faunas of the English Eocene. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History, Vol.1, p.3, 4 and 10. 
Stamp, L D, 1921. On the beds at the base of the Ypresian (London Clay) in the Anglo-Franco-Belgian Basin. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association, Vol.32, 57-108. 
Curry, D, Adams, C G Boulter, M C, Dilley, F C, Eames, F E, Funnell, B M and Wells, M K. 1978. A Correlation of Tertiary rocks in the British Isles. Geological Society of London Special Publication , Vol.12, 1-72. 
Whitaker, W. 1866. On the "Lower London Tertiaries" of Kent. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society London, Vol.22, 404-435. 
Prestwich, J, 1854. On the structure of the strata between the London Clay and the Chalk etc, part 11. The Woolwich and Reading Series. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society, Vol.10, p.77. 
Whitaker, W, 1861. The geology of parts of Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, p.22. 
Hester, S W. 1965. Stratigraphy and palaeogeography of the Woolwich and Reading Beds. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Great Britain No. 23, 117-137. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
E256 E240 E222 E206 E207 E221 E238 E241 E257 E270