Michael Benton on ‘The Building Stones of Clifton’

Nov 21, 2023

What is your house built of? This is not a question posed by a nursery rhyme – and the answer from most people in Clifton would be that it is of ‘stone’. House agents often use generic terms such as ‘built of local stone’. But have you ever wondered exactly where that stone came from? Probably not – but now you could find out. There are many quarries in the area and each one yields a different stone. Come along and learn more about the geology of our area and the building material of our houses.

Mike Benton is Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the School of Earth Sciences at The University of Bristol. He has made fundamental contributions to understanding the history of life, particularly concerning how biodiversity changes through time, nonetheless he is a geologist and knows his stones! Mike and his wife Mary are regular attendees of CHIS meetings and he kindly offered to give us this interesting talk.

The talk is held in the Apostle Room of the Catholic Cathedral in Pembroke Road at 8.00 p.m.

Doors open at 7.15 when wine and soft drinks are served. This is a time when members can meet each other and the committee. The car park is available to those attending the meeting. Vehicle entry is via Worcester Road.

You are welcome to bring friends and visitors to the talks – we charge a nominal £1.00 per person.

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