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How to submit a building stone location to London Pavement Geology: a step-by-step guide.
We welcome submissions to the London Pavement Geology website via the Submit Location on-line form. At the moment we are limiting the area to Greater London. Feel free to add information about building stones whether you are an architect, a student or teacher recording the stones in your local high street. You don’t need to know anything about geology or building stones to contribute to this site, however if you are an expert we’d be delighted to hear from you!
In addition, if you spot a building with interesting looking building stones, fill in the basic information on the form, and ideally a photograph, and then we will come and check it out and fill in the rest for you.
Each submission is for one type of stone identified on the building. If you find 3 types of stones used in a building, then you will need to make 3 submissions, one for each stone.
Don’t worry if you cannot fill in many of the fields, or if you put the wrong information in a field, as we will be able to make edits.
Here is a step-by-step guide on what to write in each field. Remember you can leave some fields blank., however we will need some essential information
Required fields are marked below with an asterisk *
*Building Name or Address:
This is the name or address of the building. For example it may be a specific name; i.e Buckingham Palace or a shop name like WH Smith. Otherwise just use the address, i.e. 10 Downing Street. If you are adding something that is not a building, such as a statue, fountain, or a bridge, then just write its name, i.e. Westminster Bridge, Statue of Queen Victoria or just ‘Fountain’. For paving or cobbles stones, please write something like ‘Paving outside 10, Downing Street’ or ‘Paving on west side of Whitehall’.
Please do write something in this box as we need this information to locate the building and stone!
*Location of geological feature:
This is the location on the building where this particular stone is found or used. For example: ‘main building stone’ or ‘foundations’ or ‘columns by the doorway’. You can also add quite a lot of description in this box if necessary, to highlight particular features such as colour or the precise location of a good fossil example. Again, it is essential to write something in this box so that we and other users can locate the stone.
Description of geological feature:
Ideally this should be the recognised stone name, i.e. Portland Stone, Baltic Brown, Cornish Granite. We have standardised the stone names used in London Pavement Geology to keep things both simple and consistent. So for example, a common stone which is variably called Jura Gelb, White Jura, Yellow Jura, Jura Limestone, Treuchtlingen Marble etc. we call ‘Jura Marble’ on the website. However, do not worry if you don’t know what our standard names are, or indeed, the name or trade name of the stone. You can add the name if you know it, or just ‘granite’ or limestone’.
If you do not know what to write in this field, please leave it blank.
The next boxes enable the user to submit 4 types of geological information …
If you notice fossils in the stone and you are able to identify them, please say what they are here. If you do not know what to write in this field, please leave it blank.
If you are able to identify the rock, then please write its general name here: i.e. sandstone, limestone, granite, marble, etc.If you do not know what to write in this field, please leave it blank.
This field will take either text or numbers, so if you know the stratigraphic or absolute geological age of a stone used, please add it, i.e. Kimmeridgian, Upper Jurassic, Jurassic, Mesozoic or 140 Ma. If you do not know what to write in this field, please leave it blank.
Source location, quarry/country:
If you know the origin of the stone please wrote it here. This can be quite specific, i.e. ‘Jordans Quarry, Isle of Portland, Dorset, UK’ or general i.e. ‘Brazil’. If you do not know what to write in this field, please leave it blank.
Taking the photo of the stone with your mobile device and ensuring the GPS functionality is enabled will allow the device to automatically place the image in the correct geo-location. It is therefore important that the whole stone / rock location submission is completed while AT the location in question.
Some of the next fields will help verify the location for the London Pavement Geology review team of your submission.
There is no need to fill in all the boxes. If you are not able to complete the submission at the location, or the GPS functionality is not operating on your device please add the street address as completely as possible.
This is the full address of the building including either the full or partial postcode. London street signs include partial postcodes (i.e. 168 Drummond Street NW1), or full addresses can often easily be found following a quick internet search. If you are locating a feature that does not have an address, like a bridge or a statue, you can still include the partial postcode or leave this field blank and use one of the other options to provide location details.
This denotes the pin colour on the map. The broad rock type can be selected from the drop down menu on your device as Igneous, Metamorphic or Sedimentary. If you find a spectacular fossil example or an interesting sedimentary or tectonic structure, then select these options.
If you do not know which option to select, please leave it blank i.e. on ‘make selection’).
You can then submit up to 4 photographs. Ideally please include a photograph of the general location and a close up of the geological feature you want to highlight.
About photographs: please submit your photos in landscape form so that they will look their best on the website. Images taken as ‘portraits’ may be cropped. If you are taking photos on a mobile phone, rotate it to the horizontal. Please ensure your photos are of good enough quality to enable the building and geological feature to be clearly seen in appropriate detail and recognisable by users visiting the site. I am afraid that we will not approve submissions with blurred or otherwise inappropriate photographs.
If you are not able to take photographs, no problem, but one of the Pavement Geology team will need to visit the location to photograph it and this will inevitably delay the submission being published on the website.
Name of Submitter
We hope to credit everyone who submits a location on the London Pavement Geology website, at the end of each geosite location report. Please insert your name in the box in the format you would like to see it on the website. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, then please leave this box blank.
Email of Submitter
Please write you contact email in this box. Your email will NOT be displayed on the website. However when your location is submitted we will receive your email address and we will be able to contact you to thank you for submission and, if necessary, clarify any aspects of your submission with you. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose and will never be passed on to any third parties. However, if you do not wish to add your email address, please leave this box blank.
If you know the name of the architect responsible for construction, please write their name/s here. If you do not know what to write in this field, please leave it blank.
Date of Build
If you know the date of construction or restoration of the building, please insert it here (year only), i.e. 1976. If you do not know what to write in this field, please leave it blank.
Click Submit, your device will upload the images and the location data and you’re done!
What happens next?
Your submission will automatically generate an email which is sent to Ruth Siddall and Dave Wallis. We will then be able to see your data in the London Pavement Geology database. We reserve the right to edit the data so that the format complies with data already submitted, for the sake of consistency. We also reserve the right to correct any errors or delete photos which are blurred or not appropriate. The timescale for approval varies depending on the level of data that you have submitted. If this is a detailed data set with good photographs, then it should go live within a day or so. If we need to go and check the location and identify the stone used then I am afraid it may take a couple of weeks, as we are only really able to do this at the weekends. We will let you know the timescale if you supply us with your email in the submission form.
If you have any further comments or suggestions for Ruth and Dave, please use the ‘Contact’ form at https://londonpavementgeology.co.uk/contact/
Thank you for helping us build and grow this database!