The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

Astbury Formation

Computer Code: AYLS Preferred Map Code: notEntered
Status Code: Full
Age range: Asbian Substage (CR) — Brigantian Substage (CX)
Lithological Description: Comprises mudstones, interbedded with limestones, sandstones and tuffs and subordinate coals and seatearths. At the type locality the basal 43 m of the formation is dominated by grey or brown calcareous mudstone with several thin beds of impure grey or dark grey limestone and in the upper part thin beds of yellow-brown tuff and tuffaceous limestone and mudstone. Above this, a 52 m thick succession comprises brown mudstone and calcareous mudstone and includes at least three coals and a 21 m thick succession of white or pale yellow coarse-grained and feldspathic sandstones with thin interbeds of siltstone or mudstone, informally referred to as the Astbury Sandstone.
Definition of Lower Boundary: The base of the formation is taken at the conformable base of the mudstone-rich succession with subordinate limestone above the limestone-dominated succession of the Bowsey Wood Formation.
Definition of Upper Boundary: The top of the formation is taken at the top of the mudstone-dominated succession with subordinate limestones and sandstones, overlain conformably by the dark grey mudstone of the Bowland Shale Formation.
Thickness: Up to 100 m thick.
Geographical Limits: The formation occurs above the northern part of the Market Drayton Horst. The formation is limited in outcrop to a small inlier, about 1km long and 300m wide, at Limekiln Farm, Astbury [SJ 86 59].
Parent Unit: Peak Limestone Group (PKLM)
Previous Name(s): Astbury-Limestone-Shales (-664)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Partial Type Section  Small disused quarry near Limkiln Farm, Astbury. The section, seen to be 10.3 m thick, is from the lower part of the formation, below the Astbury Sandstone [Evans et al., 1968] 
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Earp, J R and Calver, M A. 1961. Exploratory boreholes in the North Staffordshire Coalfield. Bulletin of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Vol. 17, 153-190. 
Rees, J G and Wilson, A A. 1998. Geology of the country around Stoke-on-Trent. Memoir of the British Geological Survey, Sheet 123 (England and Wales). 
Evans, W B, Wilson, A A, Taylor, B J and Price, D. 1968. Geology of the country around Macclesfield, Congleton, Crewe and Middlewich. Memoir of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, Sheet 110 (England and Wales). 
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