|Some of the
publications are works of art in their own right. The
Friends of Ludlow Museum have arranged for the following
image to be printed as a postcard.
Shropshire Hills Section. Copyright Shropshire Museums Service 2018.
This original ink and water-colour drawing is in the County Museums Service geology collection at Ludlow (FA.00817). It is thought to have been drawn by Charles Fortey, member of the Ludlow Natural History Society from 1876 and honorary Curator from 1888 until 1907, forerunner of Ludlow Museum.
This meticulously constructed geological profile through the Shropshire Hills illustrates the rock layers of the Welsh Marches, from the most ancient (at the base) to the most recent (at the top), as they were understood in mid-Victorian times. A contemporary account was published in 1887 by Horace Woodward in his book The Geology of England and Wales.
The prominent feature, coloured red, represents igneous intrusions known to penetrate the older sedimentary rocks of the Stretton Hills of South Shropshire. Noteworthy is the omission of the igneous intrusion known locally as Dhustone which is now known to penetrate up to the top of the Carboniferous Coal Measures in the Clee Hills, five miles east of Ludlow, and the even younger dolerite dyke of Eocene age that cuts through North Shropshire.
The first printing of the postcard states that this is the Dhustone Section and represents a section through Titterstone Clee Hill. However, it is now thought to be a more general geological profile through the Shropshire Hills, illustrating the rock layers of the Welsh Marches as they were understood in mid-Victorian times.
Of historical note is the absence of the Ordovician Period, defined by Charles Lapworth in 1879 to separate the Silurian and Cambrian systems.
Production of the postcard was sponsored by the late J.G.C.M. Fuller and the History of Geology Group of the Geological Society, London. Reprinting has been sponsored by the Friends of Ludlow Museum. Photography by Gareth Thomas, F.R.P.S.. Copyright is with Shropshire Museums Service 2018.