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Title: On the Red Chalk of England
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                      The Geologists' Association.


                       THE RED CHALK OF ENGLAND.


                 THE REV. THOS. WILTSHIRE, M.A. F.G.S.

                            A PAPER READ AT

                          THE GENERAL MEETING,

                            4TH APRIL, 1859.

                      PRINTED FOR THE ASSOCIATION,


    PLATE I.

    1. Inoceramus Coquandianus, from Speeton.
    2. Fragment of Inoceramus, striated by glacial action, Muswell Hill.
    3. Nautilus simplex, Hunstanton.
    4. Inoceramus Crispii, Hunstanton.
    5. I. tenuis, Hunstanton.


    1. Spongia paradoxica, Hunstanton.
    2. Siphonia pyriformis, Hunstanton.
    3. Cardiaster suborbicularis, Hunstanton.
    4. Ostrea frons, Muswell Hill.
    5. O. vesicularis, Hunstanton.
    6. Exogyra haliotoidea, Hunstanton.
    7. Cytherella ovata, Speeton.
    8. Cristellaria rotulata, Speeton.
    9. Trochocyathus (?) ----, Hunstanton.


    1, 1_a._ Vermicularia elongata. Upper and under surface of two
                different specimens, Speeton.
    2. Vermicularia umbonata, Hunstanton.
    3. Serpula irregularis, Hunstanton.
    4. S. antiquata, Hunstanton.
    5. Bourgueticrinus rugosus, Hunstanton.
    6. Diadema tumidum, Hunstanton.
    7. Cidaris Gaultina (?), Hunstanton.


    1. Terebratula biplicata, 1_a._ mag. surface, Hunstanton.
    2. T. semiglobosa, 2_a._ mag. surface, Speeton.
    3. Kingena lima, 3_a._ mag. surface, Hunstanton.
    4. Terebratula capillata, 4_a._ mag. surface, Hunstanton.
    5. Belemnites attenuatus, Hunstanton.
    6. B. Listeri, Speeton.
    7. B. ultimus, Speeton.
    8. B. minimus, Speeton.


A Paper read 4th April, by Rev. THOMAS WILTSHIRE, M.A., F.G.S.,
Etc., President.

Persons in general take as the type or representative of chalk the
material which mechanics employ for tracing out rough lines and figures.
It is a substance of a bright white colour, somewhat yielding to the
touch, and capable of being very easily abraded or rubbed down.

But the geologist gives a much wider interpretation to the term, not
limiting it by these few characteristics; and, accordingly, he includes
under the same title many strata which would hardly be so grouped
together by the uninitiated.

For instance, there is at the base of the upper portion of the
cretaceous system a certain hard, often pebbly, and highly coloured
band, which, notwithstanding its great departure from the popular type,
is nevertheless styled in geological language the "Red Chalk." This
stratum, the subject of the present paper, nowhere forms a mass of
any great thickness or extent; perhaps if thirty feet be taken as its
maximum of thickness, four feet as its minimum, and one hundred miles
as its utmost extent in length, the truth will be arrived at. It may be
said, also, to be peculiar to England, for the _Scaglia_, or Red Chalk
of the Italians, has little in common with that of our country. The two
differ widely in appearance, in situation, and in fossils.

The first view of the seam in the north is to be obtained about six
miles north-west of Flamborough Head, in Yorkshire, near the village
of Speeton, where its structure, dip, and general appearance can be
remarkably well studied.

Speeton is a small village, a place of no great note in the
business-world, yet of much fame amongst the lovers of geology, inasmuch
as in its neighbourhood there are several interesting formations, to one
of which--the Speeton clay--it gives a name.

In these days of rapid travelling, the village has the great convenience
of a railway-station, from whence the cliffs below can be reached
without the slightest difficulty.

[Illustration: Lign. 1.--Map of Part of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and
Norfolk, showing the Outcrop and Range of the Red Chalk.]

As I wish to conduct the members of the Association to the Red Chalk _in
sitû_, let us suppose that, starting from some locality near the Hull
and Scarborough Railway, we have taken tickets for Speeton station, and
have in due time arrived at that latter place. On alighting from the
train we must direct our steps to the houses in front, and then inquire
the way to the sea-shore, above which we shall be standing at some
considerable height--say four hundred feet. We shall be told to walk
by the church, to turn to the right along a little lane, and then to
look for an obscure path which passes across the fields. We shall soon
afterwards, being on high ground, be able, by the light of nature, to
find a way down to the sands below.

Whilst descending, let us survey the scene that lies before us. It is a
grand one, rendered picturesque by the broken ground, the solitude, and
the sounding of the waves. Right ahead, there is the open Bay of Filey;
on the left hand, the town of Filey and its Brig; not a ship, as one
might imagine, but a huge mass of rocks of the coralline oolite, jutting
out to sea at right angles from the shore, like a pier formed by human
hands, and crowned on the land-side by strangely cut pinnacles of pink
and rugged drift. On the right hand there are the high and perpendicular
white chalk cliffs of the Flamborough range. As we pass down we shall
meet with a gulley or bed of a small stream, in all probability quite
dry, by following the winding course of which we shall reach the shore.
This gulley passes over an escarpment of diluvial matter (the whole
place being in confusion through the effects of small landslips),
and traverses the Red Chalk itself, the first trace of which will be
rendered visible by means of rolled fragments, which the force of the
stream has at different times detached.

It will be only here and there that we shall find the Red Chalk _in
sitû_, because sometimes vegetation, sometimes diluvium, sometimes
fallen masses, entirely conceal its real position. However, there will
be plenty of rounded pieces at the feet. Some of these had better be
examined on the spot, in order that we may gain a clear perception of
the appearance of the bed, should we meet with it again. These pieces
are found to be hard and rough to the touch, and of a bright red tinge,
though occasionally marked with streaks of white. Most likely on some
of their sides a fossil or two will be seen peeping out; a blow from a
hammer will divulge still more. So plentiful are the rolled fragments,
that a few hours' work will satisfy the conscience, and fill the pockets
of the traveller.

If I might be permitted to give advice to any member of our Association
who should hereafter visit the place, it would be this--that it would
be well for him to carry away moderate sized boulders entire, rather
than to break them on the spot. The fossils will best be developed at
leisure. The material is so hard, and the fossils so brittle (especially
the belemnites and serpulæ), that imperfect specimens only will result
from the quick and rough treatment of the hammer. The "find" will not
produce any very great variety, only numbers; terebratulæ, serpulæ, and
belemnites will be all that will be obtained.

Having now procured specimens, we had better walk southward along the
shore; after a short time will be seen a fine perpendicular section of
this particular stratum; we shall notice it is bounded on the one side
by the White Chalk, to which it is parallel; on the other by the Speeton
clay, which is not conformable to it, that is, not parallel.

The thickness of the bed of the Red Chalk is at this place, as I said
just now, about thirty feet. First of all, taking it in descending
order, that is to say, having reached its limit at the White Chalk, and
retracing our steps in the direction of Filey, we notice about twelve
feet of red matter containing serpulæ, and we note that the upper
portion of this division is much filled with greyish nodules, showing
that the change from the White Chalk to the Red is gradual. Next comes
a bed of about seven feet thick, of darkish White Chalk; and finally,
another bed of about twelve feet thick, of bright Red Chalk, containing
belemnites and terebratulæ. The whole is followed by the Speeton clay,
of which a short and accurate account will be found in No. 13 of THE
GEOLOGIST magazine. The line of division between these two being
well marked by runs of water, which are caused by the percolation
through the chalk being stopped by the impervious clay.

The Speeton clay is singular in some of its characteristics. At its
upper portion, in contact with the Red Chalk, it contains fossils
belonging to the Neocomian or Greensand era, whilst at the lower part
there are the representatives of the Kimmeridge clay. And thus it would
appear to be one of those peculiar formations which have resulted from
a number of beds thinning out, and becoming absorbed into each other.
Three of the well-marked fossils of the Speeton clay may be adduced:
_Belemnites jaculum_; a small crustacean, _Astacus ornatus_; and a large
hamite, called _Hamites Beanii_.

To the south of the Red Chalk at Speeton, and adjoining it, occurs,
as I lately mentioned, the White Chalk. The fossils in this part are
not numerous; an inoceramus, a terebratula, and rarely an ammonite,
are found. But the White Chalk higher up, that is, farther south,
below Flamborough Head, near Bridlington Quay, is very fossiliferous,
containing corals, echini, a bed of marsupites, as well as that very
remarkable and extensive collection of marine forms, the silicified
sponges, thousands of which can be seen at low water scattered up and
down, and imbedded in the scars, or rocks. This chalk, however, has its
drawbacks, for being very hard--indeed, so much so as to ring under the
strokes of a hammer--specimens cannot be obtained without much trouble.
I must make an exception with regard to the sponges. They are composed
of silex; hence, long soaking in very dilute hydrochloric acid will do
more and better work after the fossils have been brought home, than
fifty chisels. The calcareous matter is slowly dissolved away, and then
forms come into view as delicate and lovely as any that can be noted in
the modern sponge tribe. Most of the common kinds of the Flamborough
sponges will be found figured and named in Professor Phillips' Geology
of Yorkshire; the rarer in the Magazine of Natural History for 1839.

Let us now return to the village of Speeton, and endeavour to follow the
winding course of the Red Chalk to its visible termination, some hundred
miles to the south-east, in the county of Norfolk.

By a reference to the map (page 2), where the bed is laid down, it
is seen that the Red Chalk adjoins the White Chalk during its entire
length; that it first takes a westerly direction for about twenty miles,
and then suddenly turning at a sharp angle proceeds south-east for the
remainder of its course.

Some persons might suppose when they see the map, that if they were to
travel to any of the towns or villages near the line, they would of
necessity be able to see the Red Chalk _in sitû_. No such thing; the
upper soil, or vegetation, or man's work, may quite conceal all traces.
It is only at natural sections like the cliffs just spoken of, or by
other means, such as wells, &c., that we can acquire a true idea of the
ground beneath us. Who, for example, that lives in the City of London,
could imagine, unless he had seen the fact for himself, when sewers were
opened, or foundations cut, that he was dwelling over beds of gravel as
bright and yellow as any that cover the paths of a flower-garden?

When, therefore, the nature of the surface of the ground is such that
the eyes cannot detect traces of any particular formation we may be in
search of, we must seek other testimony, we must ask what have other men
seen, and what have they recorded, and in whose custody have they placed
the keeping of those facts.

In the present case I can refer to two excellent works, to help
us,--Professor Phillips' Geology of Yorkshire, and Young and Bird's
Survey of the Yorkshire Coast.

Let us turn to the latter. The authors write that in the year 1819 a
Mr. George Rivis, of Sherburn, bored for coal in a deep dale about a
mile and a half south of Staxton; the boring was continued for some
considerable depth. First they passed through the White Chalk, next came
upon the Red seam, and finally, at the depth of 288 feet from the mouth
of the bore, reached the Speeton clay. Thus then near Staxton, a few
miles west of Speeton, the Red Chalk exists; there it is, though it may
not be visible.

If we proceed still farther west along the northern foot of the
Yorkshire Wolds, it is possible that at Knapton we shall actually see
the Red and White Chalk again _in sitû_; for Young and Bird tell us
that, at a clay-pit near that village, it was to be seen in their day.
At North Grimston, they add, the coloured chalk seems to be wanting, for
at a copious spring issuing on the hill-side, about a mile above the
village, the White Chalk is seen lying immediately over the blue clay.

This statement is not to be wondered at. Look at the map (page 2). Not
far from North Grimston there must evidently be great unconformity of
strata. Notice several of the formations, instead of running parallel
to one another, actually are at right angles. For instance, we have
the Speeton clay, the oolites, and the lias, almost perpendicular in
direction to the White Chalk, a little to the west of Great Driffield.
Such a condition of affairs must have resulted from great disturbances,
and there would be nothing strange in a part of the series being
displaced or altogether wanting.

Some miles to the south, near the town of Pocklington, the strata are
again parallel in direction to each other, and accordingly the Red Chalk
is found, as before, at the base of the Wolds. Professor Phillips, in
his work on the Geology of Yorkshire, figures some Red Chalk fossils
from Goodmanham, near Market Weighton, and alludes to their also
occurring at Brantingham, not far from the River Humber, the boundary of
the county.

Thus, then, the Red Chalk has been traced through Yorkshire; speaking
roughly one might say, that it for the most part takes an undulating
course at the base of the Wolds; that it rises with a very gentle
inclination from the sea near the village of Speeton; that it proceeds
nearly due west until it approaches the neighbourhood of Malton, that
it then suddenly changes its direction, and advances south-east until
it sinks below the marsh-land six or seven miles to the west of Hull,
having occupied a distance of about fifty miles.

We now cross the river Humber, and find the Red Chalk again near the
banks at a place called Ferraby, to the west of Barton in Lincolnshire.

The Museum of the Geological Society of London possesses specimens taken
from that part, and in a note attached to them there is this remark,
that first came White Chalk, then Red Chalk, then a blue clay; thus it
is evident there is the same state of things prevailing as we had at
Speeton; and the same observation will apply to the appearance of the
specimens themselves.

But as we travel along the western base of the Lincolnshire Wolds, or
Chalk Downs (for Londoners would so term them), although we find the
Red Chalk underneath the White, yet the blue clay beneath the Red Chalk
is wanting; its place is supplied by a thick series of brown coloured
sands, with included beds of sandy limestone, full of fossils like the
Kentish Rag, only not possessing echini and belemnites. These beds have
been referred to the lower greensand.

Only a few remarks can be offered in reference to Lincolnshire. My
intention was to have visited the base of the chalk-hills, and have
gathered together new facts; I have not been able to do so; neither have
I been successful in discovering any authors who have written much about
that county. There is a great geological darkness over that land, and
much remains to be done in working out its fossiliferous deposits. I
can, however, speak confidently regarding Louth.

One might fancy, as the town is placed to the right of the dark line on
the map, which marks the position of the Red Chalk, that Louth could
have nothing to do with the latter. But a friend who made some inquiries
for me on the spot has forwarded two specimens, and says he saw them
taken out of a chalk-pit at that town. They ran in veins, he writes,
the lighter coloured over the darker, and were dug at no great distance
below the surface. The bright red piece was just above where the springs
arise--facts which correspond with evidence in other places.

As the inclination of the plane of the strata is small, and rising
towards the south-west (the direction of the strata being north-west),
it is easily comprehended that the Red Chalk may exist under Louth, and
yet not appear at the surface of the ground until at some distance to
the west of the town.

At Brickhill, near Harrington, the seam also has been met with; a
specimen of it can be seen in the Museum of the Geological Society of
London. This last and those from Louth differ little in appearance or
character from what may be obtained at the Speeton beds.

I have no more to say about Lincolnshire, except that, according to the
authority of geological maps, the Red Chalk of that county sinks and
disappears below the marsh-lands, a few miles before reaching the sea.

And now it is time to cross the Wash, that great sea-bay, and land at
Hunstanton, a little village on the north-western coast of Norfolk. As
I am addressing a company of working geologists, I ought perhaps to say
how in practice the locality can be arrived at, for it is not quite so
easy to reach a place in reality as it is to see it on a map.

To go to Hunstanton, in the most ready way, a person must first reach
Lynn; whence an omnibus, starting in the afternoon, at three or four
o'clock, from the Lynn station, will convey passengers to the village.

At Hunstanton there are two hotels, and several lodging-houses. I should
recommend the Le Strange Arms, as being an old-fashioned comfortable
inn, and nearer than the other to the section we are in quest of.
Perhaps it may be thought, Why dwell so much upon Hunstanton--its
hotel--and its omnibus? I do so because at that village there is a most
excellent natural section of the Red Chalk, better almost than at
Speeton, and different certainly in many respects.

We will suppose that we have arrived at Hunstanton, and are walking
towards the shore in front of the Le Strange Arms. A very few minutes
will convey us to the wonderful cliff. I say wonderful, not from its
height or length; for at its greatest height, under the lighthouse, it
is not more than sixty feet; and it extends little more than a mile in
length; but wonderful from its curious colour and general effect.

[Illustration: Lign. 2.--Hunstanton Cliff (looking to the North)]

The woodcut, copied from a water-colour drawing, made last autumn by a
friend, will afford an idea of its appearance; but in it the absence of
colour, of course, takes away from the beauty of the scene.

The cliff itself may be divided into five portions: first, White Chalk,
forty feet thick; secondly, bright Red Chalk, four feet; thirdly, a
yellow sandy mass, ten feet; fourthly, a dark brown pebbly stratum,
forty feet; and, lastly, twenty feet of a bed almost black.

These divisions do not run one into the other, as is the case in most
geological strata, but keep quite distinct. Thus the Red Chalk is as
clearly separated from the White, as though the one had been covered by
a broad band of paint. The same observation will hold good with respect
to the others.

It will readily be understood that when the sun shines upon the cliff,
and lights up the bright white, the bright red, the pale yellow, and the
dark brown and black, and casts a shadow over the mass of gaily tinted
materials at the base, a picture is produced not easy to be surpassed in
beauty, and certainly not to be fully appreciated unless it be actually

The bed of White Chalk above the Red is, at Hunstanton, very
fossiliferous; though rendered somewhat useless, like that of Yorkshire,
to the geologist, from its extreme hardness. Amongst other shells, may
be mentioned several kinds of serpulæ, belemnites, and ammonites. These
last are occasionally very large: when I was at Hunstanton, in the
autumn, I found an example two feet in diameter; with great difficulty I
extricated it from its matrix, breaking it in half during the operation;
and, finally, had the mortification of discovering that its weight was
so great I could not carry it away.

The Red Chalk beneath, which is nearly four feet in thickness, is very
full of fossils: belemnites, serpulæ, terebratulæ, corals, and many
others, not to mention bones. The number of specimens on the table will
testify to its richness in organic remains.

Sometimes it is soft and crumbling; but, generally speaking, it is very
hard, gritty, of a bright red shade, and full of small dark-coloured
siliceous pebbles; in this respect differing considerably from the Red
Chalk of Speeton--in which I have not seen pebbles. Professor Tennant,
who has examined the Hunstanton pebbles, informs me that they consist of
_chalcedony_, _quartz_, _flint_, _slate_, and _brown spar_ or _carbonate
of iron_.

It also contains a great quantity of fragments of inocerami, and a
curious ramifying sponge-like structure (there is one on the table),
which also occurs in the White Chalk above.

Something very similar to the ramifying sponge is seen on the surface
of blocks on the sea-shore at the back of the Isle of Wight in the
greensand formation, and one very like it on the calcareous grit of the
Yorkshire shore. You will observe these last to the north of Filey, but
nothing of the same appearance exists in the White Chalk at Speeton.

Underneath the Red Chalk of Hunstanton occurs a yellow and brown pebbly
sandstone, which was formerly supposed to contain no organic remains.
Mr. C. B. Rose of Yarmouth, however, has obtained many.

This bed is termed in those parts "carstone," and much employed as
a building-material. The cottages in that neighbourhood and on the
road from Lynn seem at a distance as though they had been constructed
of masses of gingerbread, so great is the similarity in colour and

The length of the Red Chalk, from end to end, at the Hunstanton Cliff
is about 1,000 yards, and its greatest elevation at the point where it
attains the top and quits the cliff is thirty-seven feet; hence its rise
is very gradual, since its first appearance is nearly on a level with
the beach.

There are two other things worth observing at Hunstanton. One is the
lighthouse, which is upon the dioptric principle, the light being
transmitted out to sea by means of glass prisms instead of the ordinary
metal reflectors; and the other is a vestige of a raised sea-beach
on the cliffs composed of rounded fragments of White and Red Chalk
immediately reposing on the greensand. It is situated at the southward
of the point where the Red Chalk crops out.

We will now, if you please, quit Hunstanton, and proceed towards Lynn,
keeping in the neighbourhood of the coach-road.

If we could dig up the ground when we were within eight or nine miles
of Lynn, we should still see our old companion at our feet, for the
Red Chalk has been recognised at the villages of Ingoldsthorpe and

We shall soon meet it no more. At Leziate, a little to the north-east
of Lynn, it becomes extinct. Mr. C. B. Rose, who always thought the Red
Chalk would prove to be the equivalent of the gault, and who argued
from the evidence of fossils and from the direction of the outcrops
that the true gault and the Red Chalk must ultimately meet,--Mr. Rose,
I say, has informed me that he has observed the Red Chalk and the gault
incorporated together at Leziate. Henceforward to the south the Red
Chalk is no more seen.

Thus, then, we have come to the termination of our journey. We have
noted the beginning and the ending of the Red Chalk, we have also
taken some account of its neighbours. We have noticed, too, that in
Yorkshire it for the most part reposes on the Speeton clay, though in
certain localities it is next the lias and Kimmeridge clay, and that in
Lincolnshire and Norfolk it rests on a dark brown pebbly mass supposed
to belong to the lower greensand formation of the south of England.

The Red Chalk has also been discovered in a very unexpected place,
although not _in sitû_. I allude to the drift of Muswell Hill. In that
collection of different materials, comprising examples from every
formation from the London clay to the mountain limestone in a stratum of
eighteen feet, the Red Chalk has been seen in a bouldered condition.

By the kindness of Mr. Wetherell of Highgate, I am enabled to exhibit
specimens from the drift of Muswell Hill. Any person who compares them
with others from Hunstanton, would declare they came from the same bed,
so alike are they in appearance.

There was a time no doubt when this Red Chalk had a more extended range:
its presence in the drift of Muswell Hill, as well as in the drift of
other places, implies as much. Perhaps it may still exist elsewhere,
deep down in the earth.

In a well sunk at Stowmarket a red substance was found under the White
Chalk, at a depth of 900 feet; and in another well sunk at Kentish Town,
the workmen met, at a depth of 1,113 feet below the surface, beneath
the gault, a bed of red matter 188 feet thick--some of this red matter
appeared to contain belemnites.

Geologists are divided in opinion with respect to this deep-sunk red
bed, which certainly is not always continuous (for instance, it was not
found at a boring at Harwich), and some incline to the opinion that it
belongs to the New Red, others that it is the equivalent of what is
styled the Red Chalk. But it is difficult to give a solution at present.
It is certain that in the gault formation, or near it, beds of a red
colour are occasionally found. Near Dorking the lower greensand is
capped by a local bed of bright red clay, eight feet thick. And examples
of red clays from the gault of Ringmer in Sussex and Charing in Kent can
be seen in the Museum of the Geological Society of London. Whether they
have any relation with the Red Chalk proper of England depends upon the
position which is given to that formation.

Geologists generally consider the Red Chalk as really equal to the
Gault. Many of the fossils certainly are gault species; others no doubt
belong to the Lower Chalk; and, therefore, probably it is better to
regard it as an intermediate formation between the Lower Chalk and
the Lower Greensand, which comes into being when the Gault and Upper
Greensand have almost thinned out.

One of the members of our Committee, Mr. Rickard, has been good enough
to make me an analysis of the Red Chalk of Speeton and Hunstanton. The
Speeton is as follows:--

    Carbonate of lime, with a little alumina       81.2
    Peroxide of iron                                4.3
    Silica                                         14.5

From Hunstanton--

    Carbonate of lime, with a little alumina       82.3
    Peroxide of iron                                6.4
    Silica                                         11.3

The latter of which agrees remarkably well with the colour of the
specimen, for the Red Chalk of Hunstanton is brighter than that of

Two specimens of the borings of Kentish Town, one a red argillaceous and
the other a siliceous mass, gave the following results:--


    Peroxide of iron                               6.5
    Carbonate of lime                             13.5
    Silica and alumina (chiefly the latter)       80.0


    Peroxide of iron                              2.5
    Carbonate of lime                            23.5
    Silica, with a little alumina                74.0

Whether any connexion can be traced between these last two and the two
former, I leave for others to decide.

The following list of books may perhaps be useful to those who wish to
further investigate the subject:--In

     Professor Phillips' Geology of Yorkshire,

     Young and Bird's Survey of the Yorkshire Coast,

     Dr. Fitton's Memoir of the Strata below the Chalk,

     Taylor's Hunstanton Cliff (Phil. Mag. vol. lxi.),

     Woodward's Geology of Norfolk,

     Rose on the Geology of West Norfolk (Phil. Mag. for the years
     1835 and 1836),

will be found some account of the English Red Chalk. And in

     Sedgwick and Murchison on the Structure of the Eastern Alps
     (Geol. Soc. Trans. vol. iii. Second Series),

     Sir. R. I. Murchison on the Geological Structure of the Alps
     (Quart. Geol. Journal, vol. v.),

     Prof. T. A. Catullo on the Epiolitic Rocks of the Venetian
     Alps (Quart. Geol. Journal, vol. vii),

     Count A. de Zigno on the Stratified Formations of the Venetian
     Alps (Quart. Journal Geol. Soc. vol. vi.),

will be seen an outline of the Scaglia or Red Chalk of Italy.

By the kindness of Dr. Bowerbank, Messrs. Wetherell, Bean, Leckenby,
and Rose, in permitting me to see the specimens in their respective
cabinets, and to whom, as well as to Mr. Rupert Jones, I must express
great obligations for much valuable information, the accompanying list
of the Red Chalk fossils of Speeton, Hunstanton, and Muswell Hill
has been compiled. To the Council of the Geological Society, I am
also indebted for permission to figure from the Society's Museum the
Inoceramus Crispii, on pl. i. fig. 4.


  Key to Table Columns:

    S:  Speeton
    H:  Hunstanton
    MH: Muswell Hill

                                                            S   H   MH
  Cristellaria rotulata, D'Orb. Pl. II. fig. 8              ×
    Sowerby's Min. Conchology, tab. 121, page 45.
            (In the collection of Mr. Jones.)

  Siphonia pyriformis. Pl. II. fig. 2                           ×
    Goldfuss Petrifacta, tab. 6, fig. 7, page 16.
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)
        This is probably the head of the next.

  Spongia paradoxica. Pl. II. fig. 1                            ×
    Geol. Trans. 2, tab. 27, fig. 1, page 377.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose and

  Bourgueticrinus rugosus. Pl. III. fig. 5                      ×
    D'Orbigny's Hist. des Crinoides, tab. 17,
       fig. 16-19.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose and

  Pentacrinites Fittonii                                    ×       ×
    Austin's Crinoids, page 125.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose, Author,
              and Mr. Wetherell.)

  Cardiaster suborbicularis, Forbes. Pl. II. fig. 3             ×
    Gold. tab. 45, fig. 5, page 148.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose and
        Mr. Rose's specimen is far better than the
          one figured.

  Cidaris Gaultina (?), Forbes, Dec. v. Pl. III. fig. 7         ×
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  Spines with 8 ridges, 10 ridges, and 20 ridges                ×   ×
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose and Mr.

  Diadema tumidum, Forbes, Dec. v. Pl. III. fig. 6              ×
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  Serpula antiquata. Pl. III. fig. 4                            ×
    Sow. Min. Con. tab. 598, fig. 4, page 202.
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  Serpula irregularis. Pl. III. fig. 3                          ×
            (In the collection of Author.)

  Serpula triserrata. See notice, page 18                       ×
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  Vermicularia umbonata. Pl. III. fig. 2                        ×
    Mantell's Geol. of Sussex, tab. 18, fig. 24,
      page 111.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose and

  Vermicularia elongata, Bean MS. Pl. III. fig. 1, 1^a      ×
            (In the collections of Mr. Bean, Dr.
              Bowerbank, and Author.)

  Cytherella ovata, Roemer. Pl. II. fig. 7                  ×
    Jones, Cretaceous Entomostraca. Pal. Soc. page 29.
            (In the collection of Mr. Jones.)

  Idmonea dilatata                                          ×
    D'Orbigny's Terrains Crétacés, tab. 632.
            (In the collection of Mr. Bean.)

  Diastopora ramosa, Dixon                                      ×
    Geol. Suss. page 295.
            (In the collection of Mr. Bean.)

  Ceriopora spongites                                       ×
    Goldfuss, page 25, tab. 10, fig. 14.
            (In the collection of Author.)

  Terebratula capillata. Pl. IV. fig. 4, 4^a,
      mag. surface                                              ×
    Davidson's Cretaceous Brachiopoda, plate 5,
      fig. 12, page 46.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose
              and Author.)

  Terebratula biplicata. Pl. IV. fig. 1, 1^a,
      mag. surface                                              ×
    David. plate 6, fig. 34.
            (In the collections of Dr. Bowerbank,
              Mr. Rose, and Author.)

  Terebratula Dutempleana                                       ×
    David. 6, fig. 1.
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  Terebratula semiglobosa. Pl. IV. fig. 2, 2^a,
      mag. surface                                          ×   ×
    David. plate 8, fig. 17.
            (In the collections of Dr. Bowerbank,
              Mr. Bean, and Author.)

  Kingena lima. Pl. IV. fig. 3, 3^a, mag. surface               ×
    David. plate 5, fig. 3, page 42.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose and Author.)

  Avicula, cast of. (In the collection of Mr. Bean.)        ×

  Exogyra haliotoidea. Pl. II. fig. 10                          ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 25, page 67.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose and Author.)

  Inoceramus Coquandianus. Pl. I. fig. 1                    ×
    D'Orb. Ter. Crét. tab. 403, fig. 6-8.
            (In the collection of Author.)

  I. Crispii. Pl. I. fig. 4                                     ×
    Mant. G. S. tab. 27, fig. 11, page 133.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose and
              Geol. Soc.)

  I. tenuis. Pl. I. fig. 5                                      ×   ?
    Mant. G. S. page 132.
           (In the collections of Mr. Rose and Mr.

  I. gryphæoides                                                ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 584, fig. 1, page 161.
           (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  I. læviusculus, Bean                                      ×
           (In the collection of Mr. Bean.)

  I. sulcatus                                                   ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 306, page 184.
           (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  Ostrea frons. Park. Pl. II. fig. 4                                ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 365, page 89.
           (In the collection of Mr. Wetherell.)

  O. vesicularis, Lam. Pl. II. fig. 5                           ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 392, page 127.
           (In the collection of the Author.)

  O. Normaniana                                                 ×
    D'Orb. tab. 488, fig. 1-3, page 746.
           (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  Pecten Beaveri                                                ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 158, page 131.
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  Spondylus latus                                           ×   ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 80, fig. 2, page 184.
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose and Author.)

  Ammonites alternatus ?                                        ×
    Woodward, Geol. Norfolk, tab. 6, fig. 23.

  Ammonites complanatus                                         ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 567, fig. 1.
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  A. rostratus                                                  ×
      Sow. M. C. tab. 173, page 163.
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  A. serratus, Parkinson                                        ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 308, page 3.
            (In the collection of Mr. Rose.)

  Belemnites attenuatus. Pl. IV. fig. 5                         ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 598, fig. 2, page 176.
            (In the collection of Author.)

  B. minimus. Pl. IV. fig. 8                                ×   ×   ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 598, fig. 1, page 175.
            (In the collections of Messrs. Bowerbank,
              Bean, Rose, Wetherell, and Author.)

  Belemnites Listeri. Pl. IV. fig. 6                        ×
    Phil. Geol. York. tab. 1, fig. 18.
            (In the collection of Author.)

  B. ultimus, D'Orb. Pl. IV. fig. 7                         ×
    Sharpe, Chalk Moll. tab. 1, fig. 17.
            (In the collections of Mr. Bean and Author.)

  Nautilus simplex. Pl. I. fig. 3                               ×   ×
    Sow. M. C. tab. 122, page 122.
            (In the collections of Mr. Rose, Mr.
              Wetherell, and Author.)

  Otodus appendiculatus                                             ×
    Ag. vol. iii., page 270, tab. 32.
            (In the collection of Mr. Wetherell.)

  Tooth of Saurian                                          ×
            (In the collection of Mr. Bean.)

  Vertebra of Polyptychodon (?)                                 ×
            (In the collection of Author.)

     Siphonia pyriformis is probably the head of Spongia
     paradoxica. In the cabinet of Mr. Rose is a mass of the latter, to
     which a head similar to the one figured is attached.

     Bourgueticrinus rugosus. The diameter of the specimen figured
     is 3/4 of an inch, the depth of each plate 3/16. The surface of
     attachment is covered with very fine mamillæ, in rays of seven in
     number; a smaller specimen in possession of the author measures 3/8
     of an inch in diameter and 1/8 in depth.

     The serpula represented in Plate III. fig. 3 varies in its
     irregular growth from the specimens figured on the same plate.
     This character perhaps can scarcely be regarded as a specific
     difference; both V. elongata and the serpula under consideration
     have the same thickness of the calcareous tube. The former
     occurs only at Speeton and the latter at Hunstanton; in order to
     distinguish the two, the title "irregularis" may be applied to the
     latter as a variety.

     Serpula triserrata, a species found on a specimen of Ammonites
     complanatus, is distinguishable by its three serrate longitudinal
     ridges. A similar form occurs on ostreæ from the Kimmeridge clay of
     West Norfolk.

     Terebratula semiglobosa is common at Speeton, but very rare at
     Hunstanton. T. biplicata is very common at Hunstanton, but is not
     known at Speeton.

     Inoceramus læviusculus, Bean, a large smooth species something
     like I. Cuvieri.

     The Ammonites alternatus of Woodward is now lost; it was
     probably a variety of A. serratus, Park.

     Belemnites minimus is sometimes two inches long in the
     Hunstanton Cliff.

     The vertebra of Polyptychodon would be, if perfect, about six
     inches in diameter and three in thickness.

     The small specimen shown in Plate II. fig. 9 evidently belongs
     to the Turbinolian family of corals, and possibly to the genus
     Trochocyathus instituted by Messrs. Milne-Edwards and J. Haime, in
     1848. The specimens as yet obtained are not sufficiently numerous
     nor perfect for a rigid comparison with other forms, or to admit
     of a sufficiently detailed description should the species prove
     to be new. The constricted form of growth is very common in the
     Parasmilia of the Upper Chalk, and has no specific value.

     The characteristic fossils of the Red Chalk at Speeton are
     Terebratula semiglobosa, Belemnites minimus, and Vermicularia
     elongata; and at Hunstanton, Terebratula biplicata, Belemnites
     minimus, and Spongia paradoxica.

In conclusion, I have endeavoured all along to confine myself to
facts, and to abstain from theories, because I think the Geologists'
Association ought rather to follow in the steps of learned men than to
wish to take the lead. I am sure by doing so we shall gain respect. If
the strictly scientific workers see we wish to acquire information,
rather than to purchase an empty name, they will hold out the right hand
of fellowship and help us mightily; whilst, on the contrary, if they
perceive we aspire too much, and attempt to grasp what we cannot hold,
then well-merited ridicule will undoubtedly be ours. The Geologists'
Association was only formed to bring amateurs together, to give them a
place to meet in, and a room where they could speak on kindred subjects.
I trust the members will always use the opportunity, and not be afraid
to speak, ever remembering that each one has some little knowledge which
his neighbour has not, and that when each helps his fellow, much must be
the gain at last.

[Illustration: Pl. I.]

[Illustration: Pl. II.]

[Illustration: Pl. III.]

[Illustration: Pl. IV.]

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