Doulton’s Claypit is a Site of Special Scientific Interest…
Doulton’s Claypit demonstrates a series of strata through the Middle Coal Measures laid down in the Upper Carboniferous period c. 310 million years ago. This is the best exposure of the Productive Coal Formation in the Midlands coalfield. It shows a sequence from near the base of the formation and includes over 30 metres of shales and sandstones laid down in the low-lying swamp environment of the Upper Carboniferous. There are also several coals, including the Thick Seam, which has been extensively worked in this coalfield, and the lower Heathen Seam. The clay pit was excavated for Carboniferous clay during the 19th Century and was the source of clay for Royal Doulton
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Photo taken in Saltwells Local Nature Reserve, Saltwells Lane, Dudley, West Midlands DY2 0BY, UK
Misplaced? Suggest new location