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P number: P201626
Old photograph number: A01675
Caption: Storeton Sandstone Quarry, High Bebington, Cheshire. Looking east.
Description: The sandstone quarries in the Sherwood Sandstone Group at Storeton Hill on the Wirral peninsular were particularly important for the production of white sandstone for building. Commonly sandstones from this formation in Cheshire are red in colour which made these particular sandstones highly sought after. The sandstones were widely used locally in Birkenhead for example. The importance of these building sandstone quarries is clearly evident from the size of the working faces. The sandstone was worked in benches a few metres in thickness and the stone raised by crane to the surface for dressing. The Triassic succession in the Storeton Quarries was also important because it yielded important examples of fossil vertebrate tracks. These Chirotherium footprints were first discovered in the quarries in 1838 in clay layers separating the sandstones beds. When first found the quarry workers described them as 'blocks of stone with impressions of men's hands' on them.
Date taken: 01/06/1914
Photographer: Rhodes, J.
Copyright statement: Crown
X longitude/easting: 331500
Y latitude/northing: 385500
Coordinate reference system, ESPG code: 27700 (OSGB 1936 / British National Grid)
Orientation: Portrait
Size: 246.98 KB; 709 x 1000 pixels; 60 x 85 mm (print at 300 DPI); 188 x 265 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
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Categories: Unsorted Images, Geoscience subjects/ Economic geology/ Building stones, sandstone, Geoscience subjects/ Economic geology/ Quarries, Geoscience subjects/ Stratigraphical/ Triassic  


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