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dwarrowdelf

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Posted: 02/03/2012 11:26:20
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Saw "The Great British countryside" on BBC 1 last night: - the episode about the geology of the South Downs.

Was very interested in the feature on Lancing College Chapel which is the largest college chapel in the country and as such is very impressive.
Lancing College itself was founded by Nathaniel Woodard in 1848, but he apparently could not afford the highest quality building materials and as a result the chapel was constructed from Sussex sandstone. The programme vividly shows how crumbly this stuff is! It reminds me very much of the North Downs upper greensand around Godstone in this respect, which I am very familiar with!
Not much more information was given on this stone and I was wondering where it was sourced from. Does anyone know if there was/is a sandstone quarry either opencast or (better still) underground workings somewhere in the area which provided the stone for Lancing College? The workings would need to be fairly substansial to provide all this stone, yet I haven't come across references to anything which fits the bill in the Sussex area.

Since it was described as "Sussex sandstone" would it possibly be some kind of greensand?

Here is the link to the programme

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01cx7hf/The_Great_British_Countryside_South_Downs/

the info about Lancing college can be found at 46.22


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IP: 93.97.118.21 Edited: 02/03/2012 11:28:15 by dwarrowdelf
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Posted: 02/03/2012 11:47:58
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http://sash.org.uk/scaynes_hill

It might be from the "Cuckfield Sandstone" at Scaynes Hill apparently used to build the college chapel. Unlikely to be underground, I think.

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IP: 94.193.19.239 Edited: 02/03/2012 11:58:35 by Peter Burgess
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Posted: 02/03/2012 11:56:59
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Here is the SSSI citation for an old quarry:

http://www.english-nature.org.uk/citation/citation_photo/2000279.pdf

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Posted: 02/03/2012 12:02:01
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Peter,many thanks for the info and link. Come to think of it the stone did look yellowish and, with time, apparently leaves a fine yellow sandy dust all over the chapel floor!
Being a member of local choirs, I don't relish singing in there now if ever asked! Blink

Mind you, it gets maintained on a regular basis.
Would need a quarry to provide the replacements I would have thought Smile

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Posted: 02/03/2012 12:21:25
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By the way, wonder where the stone comes from for any replacements? Would imagine that idealy it should look as near as possible to the original while being an altogether better material.



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IP: 93.97.118.21 Edited: 02/03/2012 17:03:12 by dwarrowdelf
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