A simple record of the geology and the fossils, mineralized bone, bone and stone tools, and minerals excavated from it, and any other item that helps record the history and pre history of the deep beck valleys of the south west area of Cleveland,in the north east of England .
This image shows how the water way we now know as Stainton beck was deflected at some earlier point in time, due to the natural dam that is the Cleveland Dyke.
The beck valley can be seen from right to left in the image by following the tree line, and just before the houses that can be seen above the tree tops to the left, is where the water way has hit the barrier that is the Dyke.
And was then deflected to the north west to its confluence with Stainsby beck were once united managed to breech the dyke about a quarter of a mile further north.
The image below i believe shows the same red clay that covers all the areas in the south west Cleveland area and sits directly below the Stainton gravel beds, the first image was taken at Fanny Bells Gill just before its confluence with the river Leven
This image shows what i believe to be a very good exposure of Triassic Mercia mudstone about a mile down river.
This exposure just up river from the image above, is i believe also Mercia mudstone, and is also the site of an old mill that was built upon the Triassic bedrock.
A good image of the bedrock.
This image i think shows Mercia mudstone that has been exposed earlier in time and weathered.
The last image shows the whole natural weir.
I believe that because the surrounding banks are so steep that what has and is now to be seen, could easily be mistaken for glacial till, but is infact a mixture of individual fluvial layers that have eroded over time with the help of the more modern Leven flow.
More can be viewed regarding tthe Stainton gravel beds by clicking the link below