TQ5739 : Wellington Rocks

near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain

Wellington Rocks
Wellington Rocks
Named after the Wellington Hotel. These are made outcrops of the underlying 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.
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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Sunday, 20 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 14 July, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 578 391 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.8147N 0:15.2558E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 578 392
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