TQ5739 : Wellington Rocks covered in snow

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

Wellington Rocks covered in snow
Wellington Rocks covered in snow
Named after the Wellington Hotel. In earlier times they were variously described as the High Rocks on Mount Ephraim, or as Castle Rock (either named after the nearby Castle Tavern, or because of the shape of rocks’ highest point). Early nineteenth century guides report that “small transparent pebbles are found on the paths of the Common, especially after rain. These crystals are called Tunbridge Wells Diamonds, and, cut and polished, form brilliant additions to the jewel-case”. Small rounded pebbles can still be seen here today embedded in the sandstone, and it is presumably the most attractive of these, eroded out of the rock, which were once collected.
(Tunbridge Wells Common Conservators)
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 .
Wellington Rocks
Wellington Rocks are found on Tunbridge Wells Common, they are an outcrop of Tunbridge Wells Sandstone.
Named after the Wellington Hotel. In earlier times they were variously described as the High Rocks on Mount Ephraim, or as Castle Rock (either named after the nearby Castle Tavern, or because of the shape of rocks’ highest point). Early nineteenth century guides report that “small transparent pebbles are found on the paths of the Common, especially after rain. These crystals are called Tunbridge Wells Diamonds, and, cut and polished, form brilliant additions to the jewel-case”. Small rounded pebbles can still be seen here today embedded in the sandstone, and it is presumably the most attractive of these, eroded out of the rock, which were once collected.
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TQ5739, 576 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 7 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 19 January, 2010
Category
Rock formations   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 578 391 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.7929N 0:15.2633E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 578 391
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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