Dorset's Important Geological Sites

Bookham Farm

Bookham Farm, Buckland Newton ST707.042

Bookham Farm
Site description: Steep ‘wall’ in farmyard.

Geology: Cretaceous, Lower Chalk and Upper Greensand. Cenomanian: section in Zigzag Chalk, glauconitic and sandy at base with some phosphatic nodules.Type section of Bookham Conglomerate with clasts of glauconitic, phosphatized, shelly sandstone in sandy, shelly chalk matrix. This overlies disconformably – Albian: Shaftesbury Sandstone, a glauconitic, greenish grey, rubbly sandstone, overlying Cann Sand, a massive poorly cemented glauconitic sandstone and a soft, well-burrowed glauconitic sand.

Access: By prior arrangement, e-mail us for contact details.

Parking: In farmyard at entrance to farm.

Size of party: 15 people.

Education level:  A level/University.

References:

Bristow CW et all 1995. Geology of Shaftesbury. Mem. Geol. Surv. GB
Jukes-Browne AJ & Hill W 1900, The Cretaceous rocks of Britain. 1. Gault & Upper Greensand of England. Mem. Geol. Surv. UK.
Jukes-Browne AJ & Hill W 1903, The Cretaceous rocks of Britain. 2. The Lower & Middle Chalk of England. Mem. Geol. Surv. UK.
Kennedy WJ 1970, A correlation of the uppermost Albian and the Cenomanian of south west England. Proc. Geol. Assoc..81, 613-77.
Smart JGO 1955, Geology of the Alton Pancras district of Dorset. Bull. Geol.Surv. GB 9, 42-9.

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