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Professor Edward Hull

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This week's 'Footprint on the Ridge' relates to the 19th century geologist, Professor Edward Hull.

Born in Ireland in 1829, Edward died in London in October 1917. He was an eminent geologist, specialising in stratigraphy (hugely important for our accurate understanding of the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge).

One of our Trustees, Nick Holmes, who is currently undertaking research on geological heritage, identified Professor Hull's geological comments and memoirs relating to the Cheshire Sandstone Ridge and with particular reference to Raw Head (the highest point on the Ridge at 227m) and to the Peckforton Hills.

Not only are there some quite spectacular sketches of the Ridge within one of Professor Hull's published works but one image (looking northward from the base of Bickerton Hill) was actually selected as the frontispiece to the book; informative and decorative in equal measure.

As we progress the designation process for Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is remarkable to see Professor Edward Hull's references to the 'scenic beauty' of this area within the text.

Interestingly, as the illustration shows, the area is devoid of the tree cover with which we are more familiar today and presumably covered by lowland heath, one of the key habitats of the area.

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