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In Brightwell the only references to the coprolite workings came from geological literature which described the location of a number of coprolite pits in the 1870s west of the Church. Here the phosphatic nodule bed was found between the Crag and the London Clay and as demand for them as the major raw material in the production of fertiliser was so high, many pits had been opened up in the Red Crag in this part of Southeast Suffolk. Parishes like Foxhall, Newbourn and Waldringfield were particularly involved in the industry. (Whitaker, (1885), ‘Geology of Ipswich Etc.’, p.63.)