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I wonder where the bore hole was?

By David Bullock
On 25/10/2008

Graham remembered there was a drilling rig up at the Point where Silver Point Marine is now. It was rumoured to be for oil. But not sure when this was and they did some drilling at the Occidental site. I have not been able to find out anything else.

By Janet Penn
On 26/10/2008

I vividly remember a drilling rig on the site where Silverpoint Marine is now, but I'm sure this was in the 1950's - all sorts of rumours abounded as to what it was there for - I remember the geological survey idea as being the most popular.

By Ian Newman
On 27/01/2009

The drilling rig was, indeed, near where Silverpoint Marine is now. The Ordnance Survey Grid Reference is TQ 8215 8330. Also, your correspondent is correct, it was in the 1950s. It was 1953 not 1964. This was an error in 'Essex Rock' for which I apologise. The drilling took place between February and April 1953. The scientific results from the borehole were published by the British Geological Survey in 1964 which is why the confusion has arisen. Regards Gerald Lucy

By Gerald Lucy
On 18/07/2010

Thanks for putting us right Gerald.

By Janet Penn
On 20/07/2010

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