The BGS Lexicon of Named Rock Units — Result Details

New Red Sandstone Supergroup

Computer Code: NRS Preferred Map Code: NRS
Status Code: Full
Age range: Permian Period (P) — Triassic Period (T)
Lithological Description: Breccias, sandstones, mudstones (red-beds) component groups: Mercia Mudstone Group, Sherwood Sandstone Group, Aylesbeare Mudstone Group and Exeter Group. NOTE: In northeast England New Red Sandstone included only Sherwood Sandstone and Mercia Mudstone groups: the Magnesian Limestone was used as a term of equal status. In the northwest the map clearly shows the unit extended down to the unconformable contact with Coal Measures, and so included the Permian red beds. In the south-west likewise.
Definition of Lower Boundary: See definitions of base of component formations of the Exeter Group and Aylesbeare Mudstone Group. Rests unconformably on folded Devonian and Carboniferous Rocks.
Definition of Upper Boundary: Overlain by Penarth Group. (Triassic/Jurassic).
Thickness: Up to c.2000m
Geographical Limits: Originally in Scotland; range extended as described. All red-bed sequences of Permian and Triassic age in southwest England. Probably applicable also to northwest England and Scotland, but in northeast England can only be applied to beds overlying the Magnesian Limestone. See Conybeare and Phillips, 1822.
Parent Unit: Not Applicable (-)
Previous Name(s): New Red Sandstone Sequence or Supergroup [Obsolete Name and Code: Use NRS] (-3589)
New Red Sandstone Series [Obsolete Name and Code: Use NRS] (-428)
Alternative Name(s): none recorded or not applicable
Type Area  Southwest England (Bristol-Southampton-Torquay triangle). See stratotypes of component formations in the Exeter Group, Aylesbeare Mudstone Group, Sherwood Sandstone Group and Mercia Mudstone Group. 
Conybeare, W D and Phillips, W, 1822. Outlines of the Geology of England and Wales. Published by W. Phillips of London. 
Ussher, W A E. 1906. Chapter on Geology. "In" Victoria History of the Counties of England (Devonshire), p.1-48. 
Laming, D J C, 1968. New Red Sandstone stratigraphy in Devon and West Somerset. Proceedings of the Ussher Society, Vol.2, p.23-25. 
1:50K maps on which the lithostratigraphical unit is found, and map code used:
S081 S043 S043 S092 S101 S081 S070 S091 E326 E340