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Harrison, A. (2023). Field Meeting Report Saturday 01 April 2023: The Geology of Wroxeter Roman City. Led by David Pannett (Shropshire Geological Society). The Black Country Geological Society Newsletter, 279, 4-8. Download PDF.

Harrison, A. (2022). Field Meeting Report Saturday 23 April: Brampton Bryan Park and the Pedwardine Inlier. Led by John Moseley (Gloucestershire Geology Trust). The Black Country Geological Society Newsletter, 273, 5-8.Download PDF.

Pratt, R. (2022). Field Meeting Report Sunday 18 Sep 2022: Stiperstones. Led by Albert Benghiat. The Black Country Geological Society Newsletter, 275, 8-11. Download PDF.

Ray, D.C. (2020). The Hunt for Old Oil: a short field excursion to the Shropshire Hills. Exploration Insights; Halliburton Landmark, March, 22-29. Request PDF.

Gregory, C. (2017). Field Trip Report: RGS field visit to the Ludlow area and beyond from Friday 19 May to Monday 22 May 2017 led by Dr Paul Olver. Reading Geological Society Website PDF.

Becker, M. (2016). Excursion Number 2: Onny Valley. The Silurian (Mid Wales Geology Club), 1, 14-15. Download PDF

Bucki, R. (2016). Field Meeting Report Saturday 10 September: Titterstone Clee Hill. Led by Andrew Jenkinson. The Black Country Geological Society Newsletter, 240, 11-16. Download PDF

Jenkinson, A. (2014). The building stones of Bishop’s Castle. South West Shropshire Historical and Archaeological Society Journal, 25, 41-49.

Jenkinson, A. (2014). Field Trip Report: An Ice Age valley through a Permian Desert, 24th August 2014. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterAutumn, 6.

Pannett, D. (2014). Field Trip Report: Stones and Landscape of Haughmond Abbey, 12th July 2014. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterAutumn, 5.

Rudwick, M.J.S. & Torrens, H.S. (2013). Field Trip Report: The Silurian of ‘Siluria’ and the idea of a Palaeozoic Era, led by Martin Rudwick and Hugh Torrens 18-21 July 2013. International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences [INHIGEO]and History of Geology Group [HOGG] of the Geological Society, London.

This field trip focussed on ‘re-treading’ some of the fieldwork by British geologists in the Welsh Marches, which contributed decisively to the proposal of the idea of a Palaeozoic era. It was a historical geological field trip: they tried to see what the 19th-century eyes saw, rather than in terms of geological ideas current today.
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Hothckiss, K. (2013). Field Trip Report: Grinshill, led by Mike Rosenbaum 17th July 2013. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterSeptember, 06.
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Jackson, V. (2013). Field Trip Report: Quatford and the Adjoining Geopark Way, Rockhop led by Andrew Jenkinson 20th August 2013. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterDecember, 03.

Jackson, V. (2013). Field Trip Report: Long Mynd Conglomerates around Darnford, led by Peter Toghill 11th May 2013. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterSeptember, 04.
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Jackson, V. (2013). Field Trip Report: Highley and Stanley Quarry, led by Andrew Jenkinson 9th June 2013. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterSeptember, 05.
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Jenkinson, A. (2013). Field Trip Reports: Building Stones: Wenlock Priory, led by Christine Rayner 28th June 2013; Bishops Castle, led by Andrew Jenkinson 15th August 2013; Stanley Quarry, Highley, led by Andrew Jenkinson 9th June 2013. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterSeptember, 007.
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Peringer, E. (2013). Field Trip Report: 600 million years of the Bishop’s Castle landscape, led by Andrew Jenkinson 26th October 2013. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterDecember, 04.

Peringer, E. (2013). Field Trip Report: Shrewsbury Cemetery, led by David Pannett 20th April 2013. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterSeptember, 03.
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Rosenbaum, M.S. (2011). Field Meeting Report: The glacial geology of the Church Stretton Valley, led by Simon J Cook 18th June 2011. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society16, 44-50.
The purpose of the field meeting was to introduce the variety of geological features outcropping within the Stretton Valley related to glaciation and glacier margins. The maximum extent of the late Devensian Ice Sheet brought glaciers into the Church Stretton Valley which have left excellent examples of deglacial and ice sheet stagnation terrain. Current questions concerning the glaciation relate to its extent within the Valley and its provenance, whether from the north, as part of the British-Irish Ice Sheet, or locally generated from snowfields up on the Longmynd, or even from the west, with Welsh Ice over-riding the plateau.

Even so, the considerable size of the Stretton Valley suggests that glacial erosion by any of the possible contenders alone is unlikely, and that either extensive erosion developed as a result of meltwater pouring from the glaciers or else river action prior to glaciation was in part responsible, possibly assisted by a much earlier (?Anglian) glaciation. However, the age of the V-shaped valley, although suggesting river erosion, may actually be much older still since Lower Palaeozoic sedimentary rocks mantle the Precambrian on the western side.
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Ray, D.C. (Editor) (2011). Siluria Revisited: a Field Guide. International Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy, Field Meeting 2011
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Fuller, J.G.C.M. & Torrens, H.S. (2010). Murchison in the Welsh Marches: a History of Geology Group field excursion led by John Fuller, May 8th – 10th, 1998. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society15, 1-16.

Within the field area of the Welsh Marches, centred on Ludlow, the excursion considered the work of two pioneers of geology: Arthur Aikin (1773-1854) and Robert Townson (1762-1827), and the possible train of geological influence from Townson to Aikin, and Aikin to Murchison, leading to publication of the Silurian System in 1839.
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Jenkinson, A., Pannett, D., Thomas, G.S.P. & Rosenbaum, M.S. (2009). Field Meeting Report: Glacial Landscapes around Llangadfan, Powys, led by Andrew Jenkinson and David Pannett, 16th May 2009.  Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society14, 42-46.

The relation between bedrock geology and landscape has been demonstrated, considered and discussed along the valley of the Afon Banwy, between Llanfair Caereinion and Llangadfan, Powys. The Ordovician-Silurian turbidite bedrock has been folded into two broad synclines separated by an anticline, partially offset by NW-SE trending faults. The distribution of weak and strong sedimentary beds has controlled the etching by erosion of an ancient land surface, widely developed throughout central Wales. This basic landscape has been modified by a series of Quaternary ice ages and their aggressive glacial and periglacial weathering regimes.
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Rayner, C. (2009). Bridgnorth rockfall. Mercian Geologist17(2), 130. Available within the PDF of the scanned Mercian Geologist

Rosenbaum, M.S. (2009). Field Meeting Report: Geological sites in the vicinity of Telford, led by David C Smith, 22nd August 2009. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society14, 47-55.

A number of geologically interesting sites in the vicinity of Telford were visited in order to demonstrate the diversity of features recorded within designated RIGS. The sites included: Blockleys Brick Pit (Upper Carboniferous), St George’s Church Oakengates (Upper Carboniferous), St Michael’s Church Lilleshall (Cambrian; Upper Carboniferous), Duke of Sutherlands Monument Lilleshall (Uriconian Precambrian; Upper Carboniferous), Colliers Side Quarry associated with Lilleshall Limestone Mines (Upper Carboniferous), and Great Bolas (Permian/Triassic unconformity).
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Rosenbaum, M.S. (2006). Field Meeting Report: Building stones in the churches and church yards of the Stretton Hills, led by David Pannett and Andrew Jenkinson, 15th May 2004. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society11, 5-11.

The field excursion which met at Craven Arms on May 15th 2004 focused on the Stretton Hills. This area is well known for its complex geology and associated landscape patterns, reflected in the choice of building stones. Geology and local history have made each of the churches different, but they nevertheless reveal some common trends. Three of them (St Laurence Church Stretton, St James Cardington, and St Peter Rushbury) still have Norman naves built of locally derived rubble, later modified by better quality stone such as that from Grinshill. Meanwhile, the church of St Margaret at Acton Scott persevered in its use of the stone won from its own local and unique outcrop of Ordovician Acton Scott Limestone.
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Rosenbaum, M.S. (2006). Field Meeting Report: Bromfield Sand and Gravel Pit, nr Ludlow, Shropshire, led by Ed Webb, 22nd April 2005. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society11, 12-17.

Exposures were examined of a thick sequence of fluvioglacial sediments which are being actively extracted for building materials and construction aggregates. The bedrock geology is the Raglan Mudstone Formation (the Downtonian of the Pridoli Stage at the top of the Silurian), and is hundreds of metres in thickness. The Pleistocene superficial geology comprises well-bedded sandy gravels with occasional thin beds of sand. There appears to be very little silt or clay except at the base, where some 0.1 m of red-brown laminated silty clay occurs. The sandy gravels have the appearance of having been deposited by moving water, probably a braided river. The laminated silty clay appears to have been deposited within still water, possibly on a lake bed. The likelihood is that these deposits have been transported by glacial ice and then washed out by meltwater to be laid down by braided rivers; the earliest (lowest) part of the sequence might have been sedimented as a deltaic deposit within a temporary glacial lake (the thin clay at the base may represent a lake-bed mud). Some very large boulders have been encountered at the bottom of the fluvioglacial sequence at Bromfield, for which the name “tobogganite” has been suggested, with the implication of rafting across compacted snow.
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Rosenbaum, M.S. (2004). Field Trip Report: Hawkstone Park, led by Chris Rayner 12th June 2004. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterSeptember, 6-7.
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Halliburton, J.E. (2004). Visit to Sharpstone Quarry, 26th May 2004. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterMay, 4.
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Pannett, D. (2004). Earls Hill workshop, 18th May 2004. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterMay, 3.
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Pannett, D. & Sutton, S. (2003). Geology of Shrewsbury. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterFebruary, 3-5.
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Allbutt, M. (2002). A field study of the Clun Forest Disturbance. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterNovember, 2-3.
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Smith, D.C. (2002). Field Trip Review: The Black Country Story – Part III: Stourbridge. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterSeptember, 3.
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Pannett, D. (2002). Field Meeting at Wood Lane Quarry, Ellesmere, 18th May 2002. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterJuly, 3.
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Wall, T. (2002). Downton Gorge: Walk. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterMay, 5.
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Pannett, D. (2002). Nesscliffe Hill: Walk. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterMay, 5.
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Allbutt, M. (2002). Marrington Dingle to Rockabank; Ordovician Volcanicism: A Short Itinerary. Shropshire Geological Society NewsletterMay, 3-4.
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Beale, S. (1995). MGA field trip to Caer Caradoc, Church Stretton, 5th June 1994. The North West Geologist5, 54-58. Available within the PDF of the scanned North West Geologist

 

Beale, S. (1994). Field Excursion to the Clee Hills, led by David Gossage 27th June 1993. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society10, 26-27.

The purpose of the field meeting was to introduce the variety of Carboniferous geological features outcropping amongst the Clee Hills.
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Farr, K. (1994). Field Excursion to Preston Brockhurst and Bridgnorth, led by David Thompson 5 September 1993. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society10, 22-25.

The purpose of the field meeting was to introduce the variety of Permo-Trias “red bed” geological features outcropping within area of Preston Brockhurst and Bridgnorth.
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Thompson, D.A.(1993). Field Meeting Report: Field Excursion to the Preston Brockhurst and Bridgnorth areas to investigate the Kinnerton-Bridgnorth Sandstone Formations and the overlying Chester-Kidderminster Conglomerate Formations, led by David Thompson, 5 Sep 1993.
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Gibson, S. (1989). Field Meeting Report: Ordovician rocks of South Shropshire, led by Bill Dean, 12 June 1988.Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society,8, 17-19.
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Gibson, S. (1989). Field Meeting Report: fossil fish remains in the Devil’s Hole section, near Morville, led by Maggie Rowlands and Peter Tarrant, 10 April 1988. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society8, 7-11.
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Beale, S. (1988). Field Meeting Report: Site visit to the Ironbridge Bypass, led by Mr A. Gledhill 5th April 1987. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society7, 4-5.
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Beale, S. (1988). Field Meeting Report: The Shelve Inlier, led by Bill Dean 17th May 1987. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society7, 8-14.
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Beale, S. (1988). Field Meeting Report: The Clee Hills, led by Tim Pearce 10th June 1987. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society7, 15.
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Gibson, S. (1988). Field Meeting Report: Mow Cop to the Keysall – a traverse of the Shropshire Plain, led by John Stanley 12th July 1987. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society7, 16.
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Sutton, I.D. (1988). Day excursion to Shropshire. Mercian Geologist11 (3), 191-194. Available within the PDF of the scanned Mercian Geologist

 

Jones, J. & Krause, J. (1987). Field Meeting Report: Wenlock Edge, led by Mike Bassett & Ruth Charnes, 13 April 1986. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society6, 6-10.
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Jones, D.M. (1984). Field Excursion to the Church Stretton Area, led by John Pauley. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society4, 18-21.
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Jones, G. (1984). Evening Field Excursion to Criggion Quarry, led by Mr. German, with Notes by Mr. Lawrence Crump. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society4, 24-26.
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Dolamore, L. (1983). Evening Field Excursion to Middleton, The Breidden Hills. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society3, 20.
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Jones, G. (1983). Wenlock Edge Mapping Project. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society3, 15-17.
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Jones, G. (1983). Excursion to the Lion Salt Works and the Salt Museum, Northwich. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society3, 18-19.
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Krause, J. (1983). Joint Field Excursion with the Black Country Geological Society – Ercall Quarry and Onny Valley. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society3, 5.
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Krause, J. (1983). A dry Sunday in Wales an account of the Society’s summer field trip in Clun Forest. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society3, 21-23.
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Moseley, J. (1983). Field excursion to South Shropshire. Mercian Geologist9 (1), 49-54. Available within the PDF of the scanned Mercian Geologist

Chell, K. (1981). Field Meeting at Clee Hill. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society1, 15-16.
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Jones, D. (1981). Field Meeting at Sharpstones Quarry. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society1, 17-19.
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Waters, L. (1981). Field mapping in the Llanymynech area. Proceedings of the Shropshire Geological Society1, 13-14.
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Ross, S. (1980). Field Meeting Report: An evening at Grinshill, 18 Jun 1980. The Shropshire Geological Society Newsletter4, 5.

Krause, J. (1980). Field Meeting Report: Onny Valley, Onibury and View Edge, led by Andrew Jenkinson, May 1980. The Shropshire Geological Society Newsletter4, 4.

Ross, S. (1980). Field Mapping at Stiperstones. The Shropshire Geological Society Newsletter4, 3.
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Dolamore, L. (1980). Field Meeting Report: The Lawley to Cardington – a cross section covering 200 Ma in the snow!, led by Jeremy Krause, 23 Mar 1980. The Shropshire Geological Society Newsletter3, 2.
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Pannett, D. (1980). A geological trail of Central Shrewsbury. The Shropshire Geological Society Newsletter2, 9.
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Holgate, E. (1979). The July field trip – the Oswestry area, led by Terry Butler, 15 Jul 1979. The Shropshire Geological Society Newsletter and Bulletin1, 4-5.
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Toghill, P. (1979). A field trip to the Ludlow Anticline, led by John Norton, 17 Jun 1979. The Shropshire Geological Society Newsletter and Bulletin1, 3-4.
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Norton, W.J. (1979). Week-end field excursion to the Ludlow area. Mercian Geologist7 (3), 231-234. Available within the PDF of the scanned Mercian Geologist

Sutton, I.D. (1974). Field meeting in Shropshire. Mercian Geologist5 (3), 249-250. Available within the PDF of the scanned Mercian Geologist

Allender, R., Holland, C.H., Lawson, J.D., Walmsley, V.G. & Whitaker, J.H.McD. (secretary Rolfe, W.D.I.) (1960). Summer field meeting at Ludlow, 2-9 Aug 1958. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association71 (2), 209-232.
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Whittard, W.F. (1953). Report of Summer Field Meeting in South Shropshire, 17-29 August 1952. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association64 (2), 232-250.
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Ludford, A. (1948). Midland Group field meeting at Bridgnorth, 12 Jul 1947. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association59, 62-63.
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Pocock, R.W. & Mitchell, G.H. (1945). Field meeting at Wellington, Shropshire, 1-2 Sep 1945. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association56, 238-239.
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anon (1942). First field meeting 26 May 1939: The Titterstone Clee Hill district. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1939-41 (1&2), xiii-xv.
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Hill, D. (1936). Report of ‘Coral Reef’ meeting at Wenlock Edge . . . . , 27-9 Sep 1935. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association47, 130-139.
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Whitehead, T.H., Wills, L.J. & Pocock, R.W. (1931). Easter field meeting at Bridgnorth, 3-7 Apr 1931. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association42, 370-377.
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Grindley, H.E. (1927). ‘Travertine’, in account of Field Meeting 27 May 1926 to Whitbourne, Lower Sapey and Martley. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1924-6 (3), xci.
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Watts, W.W. (1925). Excursion to South Shropshire, 23-30 Jul 1925. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association36, 394-405.
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anon. (incl. La Touche, W.M.) (1922). First field meeting. 8 Jun 1922: Plowden, Lydbury North, and More (incl. Paper by La Touche, W.M. ‘Geological formation of the (Bishop’s Castle) district’, lxvi-lxvii). Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1922, lxiii-lxvii.
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Woodward, A.S. & Dixon, E. (1904). [Report of] Long excursion to the Ludlow district, 3-9 Aug 1904. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association18 (9), 487-491.
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Lapworth, C. & Watts, W.W. (1893-4). Excursion to the County of Shropshire, 30 Jul to 4 Aug 1894. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association13, 381-387.
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anon. (1884). The gorge of the Teme at Downton. Meeting on 15 Jul 1884. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1884, 178-179.
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anon. (1883). Caynham Camp and Titterstone Clee Hill. Field meeting, 20 Aug 1883, and Notes on the History from the Works of Thomas Wright. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1883, 73-81.
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anon. (1877). Field meeting, 13 Aug 1877: Ludlow. Transactions of the Dudley and Midland Geological and Scientific Society, and Field Club3 (5), 108.
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anon. (1877). Fourth field meeting, 25 Aug 1876: Brown Clee. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1874-6, 208-209.
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Morris, J., La Touche, J.D. & Lightbody, R. (1874). Excursion to Ludlow and the Longmynds, 22-27 Jul 1872. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association3, 124-127.
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anon. (1873). Field meeting, 11 Jul 1873: Ludlow, Richard’s Castle, and Haye Park. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1873, 78-81.
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anon. (1872). Field meeting 20 Aug 1872: Tenbury and the Titterstone Clee. Extract from the Address of the Retiring President (E.Y. Steele). Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1872, x-xi.
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anon. (1868). Meeting at Ludlow for the Titterstone Clee Hill and Oakley Park, 28 Jul 1868. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1868, v.2, 98-101.
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anon. (incl. Purton, W.) (1867). Meeting at Craven Arms for Clun, 6 Aug 1867 (incl. Purton, W. ‘Geological features of the (Bury Ditches) district’, 61-63). Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1867, v.1, 57-65.
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anon. (1866). Field meeting, 24 Jul 1860: Ludlow for Downton and Leintwardine. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1852-65, 251-252.
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anon. (1866). Third field meeting, 21 Jul 1857: Ludlow. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1852-65, 196-198.
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anon. (1866). Second field meeting, 14 Aug 1855: Ludlow. Transactions of the Woolhope Naturalists’ Field Club1852-65, 153-154.
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anon. (1865). Field meeting, 18-19 Jul 1865: Ludlow. Transactions of the Dudley and Midland Geological and Scientific Society, and Field Club2 (7), 100.
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