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Although no documentation other than references in geological papers has come to light about the coprolite diggings in this parish, it appears they were worked on a small scale before 1892 in the sands which cap the hill on which the village stands. These phosphate-rich nodules were also found scattered in the fields on either side of the road, a mile southeast of the village, and by Ley Clerks Farm, eastsoutheast of the village near Nornea. It is uncertain whether they were worked there. (Whitaker, (1891),p.28; Roberts, (1892) p.65. Oakley, K. (1941), 'British Phosphates', Wartime Pamphlets,Vol.8 no.3.)