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Kemble Railway Cuttings
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Area of Search Gloucestershire
Grid reference & &
Coordinates 51°40′30″N 2°01′21″W / 51.6749°N 2.0224°W / 51.6749; -2.0224Coordinates: 51°40′30″N 2°01′21″W / 51.6749°N 2.0224°W / 51.6749; -2.0224
Interest Geological
Area 2.72 hectare
Notification 1996

Kemble Railway Cuttings ( & & ) is a 2.72-hectare (6.7-acre) geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, England, notified in 1996. The site is listed in the Cotswold District Local Plan 2001–2011 as a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS).

Location and geology

The site is a Geological Conservation Review (GCR) site, which is of significant importance regionally (south-west of England) for research on the stratigraphy of Middle Jurassic (Bathonian) rocks. The rocks exhibit the type section of the Kemble Beds, and show good examples of basal Forest Marble coral patch reefs with inter-reef sediments. The site consists of three separate units.

The exposures provide a vital reference section for correlating the successions of the Cirencester, Minchinhampton and Bath areas of the country. In particular, the Bradford Fossil Bed at the former Tetbury Road railway station is of historical and biostratigraphical interest.

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