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Mredmore
Hi, we found this on a river bank in the north west of England. The river is full of fossilised plant remains, some sort of hollow stems.
This fossil is 23cm long and at the base 5.7cm in diameter, it appears to have a kind of sheath around it and I'm not sure if it naturally narrows to a point, or if it's just wear and tear. Concentric circles are visible at the base and half way up where it is broken.
It's sand stone with possibly mica or pyrite through it.
We're thinking belemnite of some kind, but debating if we could be lucky enough to find one so big! 
I have added a photo of the typical fossil from that specific area, of which there are hundreds, at the end incase it's any help of insight into the area. Thanks in advance.  
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Dirty Pete
Hi
From your description I assume you're on the Carboniferous up there so there shouldn't be any belemnites, I'd suggest some kind of weird concretion.

Pete
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prep01
Welcome to the forum. I agree withe Pete, they are  concretions and although the bedrock is mainly Carboniferous, there are some glacial deposits around. In future, please add a scale to all photos (a ruler is best), it can help us a lot.
Colin Huller
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Mredmore
Thanks, I've amended the post to include pictures with a tape measure, thanks for the tip.
No chance it's a fossilised branch of some kind then?! 
Miranda
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Dirty Pete
Don't think so, I'd expect to see black carbonised wood/bark or at least some impressions. The concentric rings I think are due to mineral segregation and the red outer ring is where the highest concentration of iron oxide is.

Pete
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Mredmore
Thanks Pete,  random interesting shaped concretion it is then! Bit disappointing it's not a fossil but still an interesting addition to the collection. My 12yr old who found it told me it would just be a piece of rock, I thought it was the kids whose imagination was meant to get away with them! 
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