Amblecote Before Man


Whilst not all history is geography and not all geography is geology; most of it is. The land beneath our feet determines what we do and what we are are, and nowhere more so than in Amblecote. The topography of Amblecote is essentially divided between high and low ground, the latter following the valley of the Stour, a tributary of the Severn, and the former composing a series of ridges of considerable height running away from the river. However, there is far more to the landscape than that. The low ground is ancient sandstone, whilst the high is a younger clay that once held considerable reserves of coal. The junction between the two is abrupt and known as the 'great western fault'. The minerals of Amblecote always determined the history of the area both in terms of agriculture and industry. The deposition of these, and the topography they created over geological time, are a vital - if not the most vital - part of area's past.