Kimmeridge Bay Dolomitic Limestone (Lead author: GR)
Kimmeridge Yellow Ledge Band Dolomitic Limestone: Buildings
Because of oxidation of its iron content on exposure, the Yellow Ledge Dolomitic Limestone is not very weather resistant and has not been widely used for building. However, where it is exposed on the foreshore, it displays almost rectilinear jointing and breaks away into conveniently regular blocks. It has been used in a few constructions, close to its exposure in Kimmeridge Bay.
Clavell Tower, before being dismantled, moved and rebuilt. Yellow Ledge Stone Band rubble blocks are exposed under the damaged render. The colonnade is of 'unusual' Portland Stone which may have been sourced from the local quarry on Smedmore Hill. Ⓒ Gordon Pipe 2006
Fisherman’s' boat houses (see image left), built from Yellow Ledge Stone Band (YLSB) ferroan dolomitic limestone rubble blocks. Located close to the Fine Foundation Marine Centre on the east side of Kimmeridge Bay. Ⓒ Geoffrey Rowland
Photos taken by Gordon Pipe during the rebuilding, as part of his study. Due acknowledgement is made here to Gordon's report :Pipe, Gordon, 2007: The Clavell Tower Story [A report on the history, dismantling and re-erection of Clavell Tower at Kimmeridge, Dorset], Project for Bournemouth University.
- From the east side of Kimmeridge Bay it is possible to walk eastward by the cliff top, past Clavell Tower, but there is no route down to the beach.
- At beach level it is possible to proceed east but only providing the tide is low and conditions are favourable. It is easy to be cut off on the beach here and only if the tide and weather conditions are safe should one proceed along the beach.
- The danger of falling rock is great and cannot be over-emphasised. Safety helmets are useful, especially for parties, and much care should be taken to keep out as far from the cliffs as possible.