The Rocks at Ilfracombe


COULD any of your readers state in your columns the nature of a curious appearance in the rock near Ilfracombe (North Devon), on the way to Coombe Martin, just where the road begins to descend to the latter place? Here on the right-hand side the bank is considerably excavated, and through the scaly and friable strata, whose cut surface is perpendicular to the road, rock of a harder kind seems to have been pushed, presenting a rounded surface, which gives the appearance of trees laid in the bank and partly uncovered; indeed, I first heard of them as “petrified trees,” and from the road they look very much like the trunks of silver birches. Our Ilfracombe driver told me that a great many people came to look at them, some saying they were trees, others that they were not.

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TUKE, W. The Rocks at Ilfracombe. Nature 12, 312 (1875).

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