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Alex47
I have just got back from another visit to Ironbridge. Good weather, good pies and good walks.
I went fossiling at the top pf the gorge - Benthal Edge and the quarry at the top and found these. Could anyone please help me ID them. 
1. two corals - possibly Ketophyllum (Omphyma?)
2. gastrood - possibly Poleumita
3. a Bryozoan mat or thallus
4 two small corals among the seafloor debris
5 a large reef coral

Thanks

best wishes Alex

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Dirty Pete
Hi Alex nice haul of Wenlock looking stuff. There is a Silurian coral thread on this site http://www.discussfossils.com/post/silurian-corals-8090604?highlight=ketophyllum   You could compare your finds.
I
 think most of your ID's are probably accurate. You need a close up of the corallites for #5 but maybe Favosites.

Pete
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TqB
Nice articulated crinoid plates in no. 4.
Tarquin
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MicroFossilMan
Yes, very nice! Is this quarry just available for walking in? I tend to assume most quarries these days are off-limits unless agreed long in advance and waivers provided, signed in blood.

Could the crinoid be Crotalocrinites? Looks a bit like Marsupites testudinarius, but obviously not!
MFM
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prep01
MFM, I see what you mean!
Colin Huller
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Alex47
Thanks Tarquin for the identification. I had no idea what it was and was delighted it turned out to be intact crinoid plates.
I have little experience of invertebrate fossils, living as I do very near to the Isle of Wight. There I find reptile and early mammal fossils on the northern, muddy coast and, ever hopeful, I look for Cretaceous fossils on the SW shores. My wife comes from the Island and we spend a good deal of time there visiting relatives and on holiday. I have a reasonable collection of Oligocene/Eocene fossils after a good number of years pottering about in the mud. However, Cretaceous reptile fossils are much harder to find.
Recently we have enjoyed holidaying in Shropshire. Which leads me to the location of my "quarry" - I fear I may have mislead you. Along the public path on Benthal ridge are a number of old workings. Some are still considerable holes in the ground with the limestone visible. These are, I think, old quarries from the 18 and 19 centuries when the limestone was used in iron smelting. There I often find interesting fossils in the debris and frost induced shatter. 
Best wishes 

Alex



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CurtKnap
The crinoid looks like Crotalocrinites rugosus.

Articulated plates are not common at all so that's a good find - nice one!
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Alex47
Thanks Curtknap.
I have just used the internet and now understand  how Crotalocrinites plates fit round the lower part of the calyx.
Best wishes

Alex
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s.c.
Some smashing finds there! Meanwhile where do these fantastic pies you mention come from 😂
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Alex47
Thanks. Right opposite the bridge, next to the hotel is a pie shop. The pork pies and pasties are made on the premises. You can't miss it.
Interestingly, the bridge is completely (mid September) covered in plastic for repair and has been for the past year. When we were there they were sand blasting the structure prior to finalising the conservation. Lot of noise echoing around the gorge, but most of the dust was contained in the plastic cladding. Locals said the bridge should be fully restored by end of October.
So what's not to like at Ironbridge - excellent pies, great fossils and good museums to potter round.
Best wishes
Alex
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