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Posted: 03/09/2020 13:08:44
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Hi All, I'm interested in ochre pits for a book I'm researching. Anyone know anything about the old ochre pit in Shotover Country Park near Oxford? Is anything left of it? Do pictures exist? Can I visit? Failing that, any info on other UK pits, or remains of, I could take a look at. Thank you. IP: 81.110.97.242
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Posted: 03/09/2020 13:21:53
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First port of call:

https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/side-by-side/#zoom=13&lat=51.77920&lon=-1.26880&layers=6&right=BingHyb

The side by side shows an old map, 1913 next to satellite
Mousepointer same on both. OS GB Map ref bottom left pane.

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Posted: 03/09/2020 13:31:13
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Check out McKerrow and Kennedy, Geologists's Association Guide No. 3 "The Oxford District". Pretty sure it has references to iron stone mines.

More tricky to find a copy, Lamplugh, Wedd and Pringle, Special Reports on the Mineral Resources of Great Britain Vol XII "Bedded Ores of the Lias, Oolites and Later Formations in England"


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Posted: 03/09/2020 18:34:41
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Are you local to Oxford?

I used to play all over Shotty as as sprog, not much evidence of ocher pits extant but a good natural sandpit with stream!

Always up for a good mooch, especially as I am fairly local these days Big Grin

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Posted: 03/09/2020 20:31:21
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neutronix wrote:


More tricky to find a copy, Lamplugh, Wedd and Pringle, Special Reports on the Mineral Resources of Great Britain Vol XII "Bedded Ores of the Lias, Oolites and Later Formations in England"


This is available on the BGS website, publications online.
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IP: 88.108.152.146 Edited: 04/09/2020 13:12:30 by (moderator)
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