Leckhampton Hill Limekiln Remains

Leckhampton Hill contains many natural and quarried rock outcrops as well as gravel pits and landslip features on the top and the slopes of the Cotswolds scarp. The following map shows the area of significant geological interest. The key value of the geology of the area is the potentially complete exposure of the whole of the Lower Inferior Oolite formation in one outcrop area – a feature almost unique in the Cotswolds. The rock exposures are all classified as nationally important and the landslip and gravel sites as Regionally important. The site exposes a 60 metre section of Jurassic sediments. These rocks were laid down in a shallow marine environment some 165 – 170 million years ago. These rocks exposed in the quarries on and under Leckhampton Hill, are a thick series of limestones that extend along the Cotswold scarp. They are important for the fossils they contain and the evidence of past conditions and processes they represent.

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