TQ5739 : Edgcumbe Rocks, Tunbridge Wells Common

taken 8 years ago, near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain

Edgcumbe Rocks, Tunbridge Wells Common
Edgcumbe Rocks, Tunbridge Wells Common
An outcrop of Tunbridge Wells Sandstone
Tunbridge Wells Common :: TQ5839
Tunbridge Wells Common is a 104 hectare open space close to the centre of town. Comprising mixed oak woodland and open areas. Originally a common where animals grazed, but trees have grown as grazing declined. Underlain by Tunbridge Wells Sandstone (Lower Cretaceous), which outcrops in several places across the common. Owned by the Borough Council but looked after by the Tunbridge Wells Common Conservators LinkExternal link .
Tunbridge Wells Sandstone
Tunbridge Wells sandstone is Lower Cretaceous in age. It was lain down in large braided river channels. Today it's outcrops form upland regions across the Weald of Kent. In the Tunbridge Wells area there are several locally famous sites. Mount Edgecumbe Rocks TQ5739 : Edgecumbe Rocks, Wellington Rocks TQ5739 : Wellington Rocks, Tunbridge Wells Common, Toad Rock TQ5639 : Toad Rock, Rusthall, Happy Valley Rocks TQ5639 : Happy Valley Rocks, High Rocks TQ5638 : High Rocks, Eridge Rocks TQ5535 : Eridge Rocks, The Chiddingstone TQ5045 : The Chiding stone, Chiddingstone, Harrison Rocks
The rock makes for good rock climbing in the SE of England.
Mount Edgcumbe Rocks
An outcrop of Tunbridge Wells Sandstone on Tunbridge Wells Common. Well-known in Victorian and Edwardian times and a popular vantage point for views across the town. They were known to children of the mid-twentieth century as the Devil's Dyke. A pond at the foot of the rocks was filled in in 1879. By the 1960s, the open grassy space in front of the rocks had become overgrown by scrub which obscured them completely, but the area was cleared in 1994-5.
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TQ5739, 576 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 2 October, 2009
Category
Rock outcrops   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 579 393 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.8888N 0:15.3280E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 579 393
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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