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Park Lane fossils and fossil collecting

Park Lane is an unmarked road, found just to the west of Pulborough. From the A29, there is a minor road heading west (Coombelands Lane), which passes a church and then crosses a railway line.
Beyond the railway, you will pass over a public footpath on both the left and right hand side of the road.
Continue on until you will see a narrow road heading up hill on the left. This is also a public footpath. This is Park Lane.
Park on the grass and walk up the road. It is a short lane that leads to a farm. The fossiliferous exposures are found in the banks of the cutting. Park Farm is found just east of the Pulborough Park Plantation and east of the railway station at Pulborough.

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Fossil Collecting at Park Lane

The Park Lane site is a road cutting in Pulborough that exposes the Sandgate Formation. Hard ironstones within the layer yield a variety of well-preserved bivalves. Although overgrown, the ironstones are highly fossiliferous. Therefore, once the bed is located, plenty of specimens should be found.
Where is it


The main fossiliferous bed at this road cutting is now fairly overgrown, but it can easily be located under, and either side of, a large tree. The formation is quite sandy, with the relevant layer being a hard ironstone containing bivalves. Once located, you should find plenty of specimens.

Older children

Although the road is rarely used, this is not really a location suitable for children. Rather, it is more for enthusiasts looking to collect specimens from the Sandgate Formation.

Fair Access

It is quite easy to find, with limited parking for one car, not too far away at the side of the road. It is best found using an OS 1:50,000 map or GPS device to find the lane, as it is not signposted. Without a map or GPS, it is difficult to find.

Road Cutting

Fossils at Park Lane are found in the banks of a road cutting. It is now somewhat overgrown, although there is still plenty to be found. Please only take a few specimens.

No Restrictions

There are no restrictions at this location, but please follow our own code of conduct for all locations.

Common sense when collecting at all locations should be used. This is a road and, although hardly ever used, you need to watch out for vehicles. DO NOT leave rocks lying on the road and make sure you tidy up any loose debris when you have finished.

Last updated:  2012
last visited:  2012
Written by:  Alister and Alison Cruickshanks
Edited by:  Jon Trevelyan

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The Sandgate Formation can also be found at Sandgate, Folkestone, although the foreshore exposures are only visible during scouring conditions and often covered up.

A pointed pick is ideal here for getting slabs of the ironstone out and a chisel should be used to split the rock. Alternatively, take samples of the rock home for splitting, as it is quite rich in fossils.

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As you walk up Park Lane, you will notice a sandy formation in the banks. This contains outcrops of hard ironstones in pockets. One such pocket is quite easy to find, since it is on either side of a large tree on the left hand side of the road. These contain the ironstones and splitting them will reveal bivalves. These include Gervillella, Nucula, Arca, Toucasia, Parmicorbula and Resatrix. They are often preserved as moulds, but complete specimens can also be found. They also tend to be black on brown rock, so they really stand out when exposed and, if moulds are found, the inside of the shell is shown in great detail. This makes them quite unique. Indeed, the Toucasia bivalve is quite rare in the UK, being a Tethyan immigrant and indicating warm waters, but here it can be found fairly commonly.

Sandgate Formation: Here a layer of Ironstone rock is resting on sand.

Geology Guide Cretaceous,115mya

The Sandgate Formation is divided into the Marehill Clay, Pulborough Sandrock, Bargate Beds and Fittleworth Bed. Here, the road cuts through the Pulborough Sandrock. Although completely different in appearance from what is usually thought of as greensand, this is actually part of the Lower Greensand Group.....[more]

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Bivalves here are easy to find being coloured black.....[more]

Metal Polishing

Metal Barrelling Machines are used for de burring, polishing, cleaning or removing surface scratches from metal and jewellery.

These are ideal for cleaning or polishing a variety of metals including brass, silver, steel and gold. They can be used for silver clay and other hobbies.

The machines have a barrel with special fins inside, which helps turn the metal round, to polish or debur. We sell a variety of different sized machines from hobby to commercial.

Meteorites can be found all over the world. Often, large pieces are broken down either naturally or by hand, or sliced and sold as small fragments, each fall is well documented. Meteorites are very collectable, especially ones of Mars or Moon rocks.

We sell Meteorites, which are in stock and mostly come in a display boxs. Our meteorites are from all over the world and include Mars and Moon Meteorites, and rocks from outer space. For more information, please see our meteorite page.

At most locations, you can find microfossils. You only need a small sample of the sand. You then need to wash it in water and sieve using a test sieve. Once the sand is processed, you can then view the contents using a microscope.

We have a wide range of microscopes for sale, you will need a Stereomicroscope for viewing microfossils. The best one we sell is the IMXZ, but a basic microscope will be fine. Once you have found microfossils, you will need to store these microfossils.

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