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Notebook No.254, August 1868-1 March 1869

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 9
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/254

Scope and Contents

This dark red Notebook starts in London with Mary and Leonard Lyell, and documents travels in Pembrokeshire, Wales, with an index created by Arabella Buckley. Lyell studies submerged forests, beaches, caves and iron works making notes and sketches, and referencing experts as well as local guides. Several meetings 'with Darwin'. Final pages relate to Grindle Pit, Bury St Edmunds, with sections written by Buckley that appear to be dictated by Lyell.

Scope and Contents

The following table of contents is Lyell's secretary Arabella Buckley's own words transcribed from digital surrogates using the platform Transkribus. Dates are indicated by adding [th] or [st]. When known, Lyell's abbreviations and contractions have been expanded using brackets []. When writing is unclear, and transcription is not possible, this is denoted using [?...]. The inclusion of [sic] indicates the misspelling of a word is deliberate and taken from the notebook.'Do' and " are replaced by 'ditto'. Brackets () indicates Buckley's own use of brackets

Lyell's own index

p. 1. 21 Corton.
p. 2. Addresses
p. 3.Torell on cragshells
p. 5. Norwich
p. 7 Mundesley beds
p. 8 Folded strata
p. 10 Greenland shells etc
p. 11 Torell on Scan[dinavian] Erratics
p. 13 [Torell on] Swedish Granite
p. 15. Seychelles islands
p. 17 Itinerary (of N.B. 153)
p. 24 Tenby shells [detailed list]
p. 27 Tenby
p. 33 [Tenby] section
p. 35 Millstone grit
p. 35 Gosker rock
p. 36 Monkstone rocks
p. 40 Slickensides
p. 44 Tenby to Saundersfoot
p. 47 Raised beaches
p. 46 With Jenkins dealer
p. 49. 53 Skrinkle Bay
p. 51 Glacial P[eriod]. ice in Sweden.
p. 51 Mountain tarns
p. 53 Dartmoor glaciers
p. 56 Krinkle cliff [sic, could be Crinkle Crag?]
p. 58 Tenby to Amroth
p. 61, 66 Whale in, submerged forest
p. 64 Tree sunk in pit
p. 66 etc. Submerged forest
p. 74 Raised beach
p. 79 Giltar Point
p. 82 Tenby to Caldy [page 81 references Lydstop Caves]
p. 84 Beach with rolled pebbles
p. 86 Granitic erratics
p. 88 Drinkum [sic] Bay bone bed
p. 90. 115 Merlin's cave
p. 92 Ridgeway with Mr. Reed
p. 96 Whitland ripplemarked sand
p. 100 St David's granitic rock
p. 101 Lower Cambrian Sec
p. 102 [Lower Cambrian] Fossil shells
Index contin[ue]d
p. 107 Notes on Cambrian [written at Porthkerry October 4th 1868]
p. 108 Paradoxites [sic Paradoxides]
p. 110 Tremadoc [sic Tremadog] beds
p. 114 Symonds on Skrinklebeds
p. 115 Drock raised beachs [sic] [Lydstep at the Drock – ‘on Mr Twig’s farm’].
p. 120 Tenby sandridges
p. 122 Pembery [sic Pembrey] & Barry ports
p. 124 Portkerry [sic Porthkerry] cliff.
p. 125 Porkerry [sic Porthkerry] notes
p. 129 Barry island fault
p. 134, 132 Fontygarry [sic Fontygary] cliff
p. 135 Aberthaw limestone
p. 138 Cyfartha Iron works
p. 139 Underclay
p. 141 scenery
p. 143 Dowlais Bessimer [sic Bessemer] Ironworks
p. 147 Suboerial denudation
p. 148 Cotteswold [sic Cotswold] hills Oolite
p. 150 Talk with Whittaker
p. 151 Locusts
p. 153 Dicynodon
p. 154 Faults Ramsey
p. 154 Eoce Homo
p. 154 Coal Measure
p. 156 Coal & denudation
With Darwin
p. 160 Poverty of G[eological]. Records
p. 162 Glacier of Amazons
p. 162 Crolls ice-cap
p. 164 Archd[eacon] Pratt on
p. 165 Darwin denudation by wind
p. 166 171 Grindle Pit with Elephant tooth
p. 175 Noreton pit
p. 173 With Ramsey on ice
p. 176 Roy S. Arctic Plants


  • Creation: August 1868-1 March 1869


Language of Materials



179 folios

89 Leaves

1 volume

Processing Information

Catalogued by Pamela McIntyre, Strategic Projects Archivist, December 2022

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