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The coprolites, or phosphatic nodules, were found near the base of the Gault clay at Towersey near Thame and at Dinton where, according to a geological report they were extracted from 1875 to 1884 from a bed three to four inches thick. They were used in manure manufacture, as were those raised across the coprolite belt which ran southwest northeast across this area. (Jukes-Brown, "Cretaceous Rocks of Britain•, 1900 p430; I. O'Dell "The Vanished Industry• p19; Kelly's Directory, 1924, p16)