The rocks in the Huddersfield district are all sedimentary, which means that they have been formed by the deposition of sand or clay particles in deltas, flood plains, river channels or the sea.   All Huddersfield rocks are of late Carboniferous age and are between about 320 and 305 million years old. The older rocks are the Millstone Grit group of Namurian age and following them are the Coal Measures of Westphalian age.

The area which was to become Britain was at that time, near the equator, with a hot and humid climate.

Shallow shelf seas, low lying flood-plains and deltas covered most of Britain, but there was a northern land mass lying where the Highlands of Scotland are now, from which large rivers drained southwards. These rivers carried huge amounts of clay and sand which were deposited wherever the currents slowed down.

Deposition of sediment took place in the river channels, flood-plains and lagoons close to sea level, and deltas were built out as the rivers carried material into the sea.  Various types of sedimentary rocks occurred in these different environments of deposition.

For more information about the Rocks and Landscapes of Huddersfield see our other pages on Local Geology and our guide to the Geology of Huddersfield. Publications

  • Monday 11th March - Carboniferous Amphibians - Dr Rebecca Bennion. Greenhead House 7.15pm. See Talks page under Events for further details

  •  Saturday 9th March - Newhey Quarry, just off Junction 21 of the M62. See Fieldtrip page under Events for further details