TQ5739 : Wellington Rocks covered in snow

taken 11 years ago, near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain

Wellington Rocks covered in snow
Wellington Rocks covered in snow
An outcrop of 135 million year old Tunbridge Wells sandstone.
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.
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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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 February, 2007   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 31 January, 2010
Category
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 578 392 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.8310N 0:15.2480E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 578 392
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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