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  The Geology of the Verwood Area  

 

Geologically Verwood is situated in the Hampshire Basin and is on the south western fringe of the New Forest. Romford on the western edge of the village is within the London Clay belt, this area is mostly given up to woodland, pasture and arable farming where wheat, barley and oats are grown. Two brickyards were in this area.  

Most of the village has a sandy soil being part of the Bagshot Beds of this area. It is a light, buff colour quartz-sand giving a wild, "heathy land". A vein of strong clay gave rise to many potteries in the area.

A narrow outcrop of Bracklesham Beds occurs at Ebblake on the Hampshire-Dorset border, where the soil is alternating clay and sand. This clay was used for brick-making and produced white bricks which were used to decorate some local houses. This area is now part of Ringwood Forest.

Another brickyard was situated halfway between Ebblake and the centre, of Verwood on another clay seam.

Plateau gravels are found at Redman's Hill, Pistle Down and Wedge Hill. Valley gravel occurs in the Lower Common area at Potterne and Three Legged Cross, as a gravel, a few feet above the river alluvium.

An historian has described the area as "an extensive: tract of heathy land, of a wild and desolate aspect".  

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