The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Wearde Sandstone Member

Computer Code: WRG Preferred Map Code: WrG
Status Code: Full
Age range: Frasnian Age (DR) — Famennian Age (DA)
Lithological Description: Channel sandstone: Thickly bedded massive sandstone beds with rare interbeds of mudstone and siltstone. Non-channel sandstone: Fine- to coarse-grained sandstone in parallel beds up to 1m thick with interbeds of interlaminated siltstone and mudstone. Mudstone with sandstone streaks, lenses, thin to thick laminae and thin beds. Associated basaltic lava and hyaloclastite form an important but subordinate facies of this division.
Definition of Lower Boundary: Conformable transition with the slate and mudstone of the undivided Saltash Formation below.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Conformable transition with the slate and mudstone of the undivided Saltash Formation above
Thickness: c.25m
Geographical Limits: Mapped over a strike length of 20km in the Plymouth area.
Parent Unit: Saltash Formation (SAH)
Previous Name(s): Wearde-Efford Grit (-619)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Stratotypes:
Type Section  River cliff and foreshore. Wearde Quay. 
Reference(s):
Ussher, W A E, 1907. The Geology of the country around Plymouth and Liskeard. Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Sheet 348 (England and Wales). 
Leveridge B E, Holder, M T, Goode, A J J, Scrivener R C, Jones N S and Merriman, R J. 2002. Geology of the Plymouth and south-east Cornwall area. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 348 (England and Wales). 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
E348 E349