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Notebook No.255, 18 March 1869-28 April 1869

 Item — Box: Lyell-temp-box 9
Identifier: Coll-203/A1/255

Scope and Contents

This dark red Notebook is annotated with Lyell's name, address at 73 Harley Street, London. The Notebook documents work based along the coast of Norfolk, as Lyell travels with Mary [presumed as she is not mentioned], Buckley and his nephew Leonard Lyell - who is credited with observations and finds. From Norfolk, they head to Hull and Withernsea. In this Notebook, not every page is numbered. This Notebook contains sections where Buckley describes their field work, recording observations like ‘we walked", "we did not see", unlike Lyell’s own notes which are just written as his observations.

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. When known 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 Lyell's own use of brackets.

Notebook index

p. 1 Butley crag shells [with Mr Bell]
p. 1 Dogger Bank Shells
p. 2 Analysis of Crag shells [list of books to be taken on tour of Norfolk]
p. 3 Carruthers at Brit[ish]. M[useum].
p. 4 Swedish Cambrian plants [with Sir Geo. Grey]
p. 5 Cretaceous [Cambrian plants]
p. 6 Moa bones
p. 6 Itinerary
p. 7 Whitby Geology [copied from Notebook 252 p. 100]
p. 10 Aldbor[ough] C[or]. Crag pit
p. 11 Red Crag
p. 12 Sizewell Butley Shells
p. 12 [Sizewell Butley Shells] & section
p. 13 Tea House [Miss Shouldham] drift
p. 13 Aldboro[ugh] red crag
p. 14 Blythburgh
p. 15 Easton Bavent cliff
p. 17 [Easton Bavent cliff]
p. 18 Pakefield Sand
p. 19 Boulder clay with flints
p. 21 Happisburgh ferruginous clay
p. 23 [Happisburgh] Section
p. 24 [Happisburgh] Forest & Boulder clay
p. 28 Green Boulder clay & sand
p. 30 Happisburgh to Oystende [sic Ostende] House
p. 34 Green laminated clay
p. 35 Cromer Geology
p. 37 Trimingham
p. 40 Mundesley preglacial shells
p. 42 E[ast] Runton Section [went with Leonard] [“this is probably the same as the Weybourne shelly sand formation”]
p. 44 47 W[est]. Runton lignite & shells
p. 46 Section
p. 48 Sherringham waste of coast
p. 50 52 Weybourne chalk.
p. 54 Cromer Geology Ink [“Mr. Deary, Innkeeper says”] [dictated passage written by Buckley “it seems to me]”
p. 59 Thicknesses at Mundesley etc
p. 62 Aylsham
p. 64 Harmer on Belaugh shells
p. 64 Cardiun Greenlandicum Bramerton
p. 64 Kirkby Bedon trap
p. 66 Bramerton section
p. 68 Belaugh beds
p. 70 Equivalents
p. 72 Thorpe greenstone erratic
p. 74 Queries Gunn
p. 76 Pakefield lignite
p. 78 Artesian well Yarmouth & Norwich
p. 80 Coltishall Pit shells
p. 80 81 Belaugh Pit
p. 84 Wroxham Pit shells
p. 85 86 Chillesford section
p. 88 Mr. Fitch [Fossil collector?] on Cromer forest mammalia [fossils]
p. 90 Age of Cromer
p. 92 Mr. Gunn & Leonards opinion [also on Prestwich]
p. 94 Ely & Petersborough
p. 120 98 Hessle [Hesle in the Notebook] clay
p. 100 Shap granite Hull
p. 100 Kelsea notes
p. 102 Bridlington (see 110)
p. 104 Tyndal on purple clay
p. 106 Wolds & Speeton
p. 108 Glacial elevation Moel Tryfan
p. 110 128 Purple clay
p. 112 132 Itinerary April 16.
p. 114 Kelsea Hill shells. [“By Leonard”]
p. 116 Withernsea purple clay
p. 118 Holderness
p. 122 Dimlington section
p. 124 Kelsea Hill
p. 120 126 130 Hessle clay
p. 132 Boulder clay.
p. 134 Darwinian theory
p. 136 Rain & Rivers
p. 138 140 Roswell Pit with Leonard
p. 138 Glaciation
p. 140 Ely-boulder clay


  • Creation: 18 March 1869-28 April 1869


Language of Materials



149 folios

74 Leaves

1 volume