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MORDINGTON (Parish) Mordington (Ph) [Parish] Continued [Continued from Page 3]
The Whiteadder is the only river in the parish, and forms its Southern boundary; its many windings & precipitous banks clad with the wood & moss-covered rocks passes great beauty. There are two divisions of rock in the parish, the under and the upper. The upper consists of a large mass of unstratisfied rocks, the principal of which are porphyry & trap. The lower consists of stratified rocks, which appear along the sea Coast on the North East, and also on the banks of the Whiteadder on the South. Although there has been considerable dispute of late years among geologists about what these last are, it is now generally agreed that they are the lower Members of the Coal formation, or Carboniferous series. The strata, as seen in the ravines and river sides as seen in the lower parts of the parish, consist of numerous alternating beds of or strata or shale, sandstone, and undurated Marl. The general direction direction of these strata seems to be from West to East, the dip generally at a considerable Angle, but so various, that it is impossible to state the general angle. Beyond the boundaries of the parishes to the South, these rocks are succeeded by the coal field of Northumberland. As a Circumstance tending to Confirm the conclusion, that the lower division of the parish belongs to the old Coal formation, and not to the new red sandstone, as has been supposed by several geologists, we may mention the fact, that Coal makes its appearance at several places near the Sea Coast of the parish, that various attempts have been made to work it, and that, from [Continued on Page 5]

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