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'Fish and Chip' Hole at the Wren's Nest, taken in the early 1950's.
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View from the top of the Nodular Member ridge (bottom half of photo) looking north-west across the Lower Quarried Limestone Member trench to the steeply dipping basement beds of the Lower Quarried Limestone Member (top left of photo). Photo taken c. early 1950s.
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View looking northward along the Nodular Member ridge with the Upper Quarried Limestone Member trench on the right hand side of the photo and the Lower Quarried Limestone Member trench on the left. Photo taken c. early 1950s.
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View from the top of the Nodular Member ridge (bottom of photo) looking north-west along the line of an oblique tear fault which passes in a north-west, south-east direction along the steep slope seen on the right hand side of the photo. Due to the limestone being displaced by horizontal fault movement, the northern section of the Lower Quarried Limestone trench (top right of photo) is now offset to the southern section of the same trench (left side of photo). Photo taken c. early 1950s.
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'Fish and Chip' Hole. Photo by Peter Oliver, c1966.
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'Fish and Chip' Hole at the Wren's Nest, taken in the early 1970's by Peter Parkes
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'Fish and Chip' Hole at the Wren's Nest, taken in the early 1970's by Peter Parkes
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'Fish and Chip' Hole at the Wren's Nest, taken in the early 1970's by Peter Parkes
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Exposure in the Nodular Member on the eastern side of Wren's Nest showing on the right red discolouration of the rock due to lime burning, and on the left a feature known as downhill or soil creep can be seen. Photo by Peter Parkes 1973.
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View on the eastern side of Wren's Nest showing red discolouration of the rock due to former lime burning on the ground above. The heat baked the underlying limestone and oxidised its iron content from the ferrous to the ferric state. Photo by Peter Parkes 1973.
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Exposure in the Nodular Member on the eastern side of Wren's Nest shows as a result of downhill creep, the top few feet of the easterly dipping limestone have been turned over so that they now dip westwards. Photo by Peter Parkes 1973.
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The Nodular Member on the eastern side of Wren's Nest. Photo by Peter Parkes in the mid 1970s.
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The NCC Cutting. Photo by Peter Oliver, c1977.
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The NCC Cutting. Photo by Peter Oliver, c1977.
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The NCC Cutting. Photo by Peter Oliver, c1977.
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The NCC Cutting. Photo by Peter Oliver, c1977.
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The NCC Cutting. Photo by Peter Oliver, c1977.
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The NCC Cutting. Photo by Peter Oliver, c1977.
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The NCC Cutting. Photo by Peter Oliver, c1977.
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The NCC Cutting. Photo by Peter Oliver, c1977.
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View looking north from the western end of the trench of the NCC cutting, showing a section through the Coalbrookdale Formation (extreme left) and Lower Quarried Limestone Member. Photo by Peter Parkes 1977.
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View looking east from the western end of the trench of the NCC cutting. Lower Quarried Limestone Member. Photo by Peter Parkes 1977.
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View of Nodular Member of the NCC cutting. Photo by Peter Parkes 1977.
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View of Nodular Member from eastern end of the trench of the NCC cutting. Photo by Peter Parkes 1977.
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View of Nodular Member from eastern end of the trench of the NCC cutting. Photo by Peter Parkes 1977.
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NCC cutting seen from Wrens Hill Road. Photo by Peter Parkes 1977.
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View from the opposite side of Wrens Hill Road to the NCC cutting, showing section through the Lower Elton Formation and Upper Quarried Limestone member. Photo by Peter Parkes 1977.

The NCC Cutting

The New Cutting on the eastern side of Wren’s Nest hill was made in 1977 and was so called because a previous cutting was made on the western side of Wren’s Nest hill in 1936 by Dr AJ Butler. The new cutting is now more commonly known as the NCC (Nature Conservancy Council) Cutting and is a complete section through the geological sequence from the Coalbrookdale formation at the western end of the trench to the Lower Elton formation on the opposite side of Wrens Hill Road.

‘Fish and Chip’ Hole

The enigmatically named ‘Fish and Chip’ Hole is an old mine entrance into the lower quarried limestone member and is situated in the large depression that is just west of the Murchison Viewpoint at the southern end of Wren’s Nest Hill.

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