Tobacco cliffs

Tobacco cliffs (81623)

Easting
327133
Northing
407738

Description

The remains of tobacco waste dumped in the Formby sand dunes by the British Nicotine Company in the 1950s and 1960s.

Update (05/06/2019)- Site visit conducted on 28 May 2019.

Exposed sections of the tobacco cliffs continue to erode. A section of Marston Mat and railway sleeper were observed in section in the cliff face. These were likely to have been used to provide vehicles dumping the tobacco with a suitable track-way to access the site.


Periods
Period
Modern (1901 and later)
Period comments
Specific Date Range
The earliest date of the feature, as a year, if known
The latest date of the feature, as a year, if known
Feature Types
Monument Type - Broad
Archaeological feature
Monument Type - Narrow
Monument Description
Evidence Type - Broad
Botanical feature
Evidence Type - Narrow
Evidence Description
Object Type - Broad
Object Type - Narrow
Object Description
Other:
Height OD (m)
How accessible is the feature?
Easily accessible - no restrictions
Accessibility comments

The tobacco cliffs are unstable and prone to sudden collapse, especially after heavy storms. Caution is to be used when approaching the cliffs to closely.

Other records:

NRHE Number
Unknown
NT HBSMR Number
Unknown
HER Event Number
Unknown
External Link
None

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Survey Information
Date of survey
5th January, 2016
Feature located?
Yes
State of the tide
Mid
Proximity to coast edge
Coast edge
Coastal processes
Active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?
Other threats?
If other, please specify
How visible are the remains? ABOVE GROUND
How visible are the remains in the face of the cliff, ridge or dune? IN SECTION
Clearly visible in section
Do you know if the feature is?
Is well known, Is well visited
Recommendations and Comments
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Survey Information
Date of survey
9th May, 2016
Feature located?
Yes
State of the tide
Mid
Proximity to coast edge
Less than 10m inland
Coastal processes
Active sea erosion, Accreting
Is there a coastal defence?
No
Other threats?
Vegetation growth
If other, please specify
How visible are the remains? ABOVE GROUND
Highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains in the face of the cliff, ridge or dune? IN SECTION
Clearly visible in section
Do you know if the feature is?
Is well visited, Has local associations/history
Recommendations and Comments
What actions (if any) would you recommend for this feature?

Do you have any other comments?

Survey Information
Date of survey
9th December, 2016
Feature located?
Yes
State of the tide
Low
Proximity to coast edge
Intertidal zone
Coastal processes
Is there a coastal defence?
No
Other threats?
Other
If other, please specify
Police on quad-bikes might cause damage.
How visible are the remains? ABOVE GROUND
Highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains in the face of the cliff, ridge or dune? IN SECTION
Clearly visible in section
Do you know if the feature is?
Is well known, Has local associations/history
Recommendations and Comments
What actions (if any) would you recommend for this feature?

Do you have any other comments?

Survey Information
Date of survey
28th May, 2019
Feature located?
State of the tide
Proximity to coast edge
Coastal processes
Active sea erosion
Is there a coastal defence?
No
Other threats?
Visitor erosion
If other, please specify
How visible are the remains? ABOVE GROUND
Highly visible (substantial remains)
How visible are the remains in the face of the cliff, ridge or dune? IN SECTION
Clearly visible in section
Do you know if the feature is?
Has local associations/history
Recommendations and Comments
What actions (if any) would you recommend for this feature?

Do you have any other comments?

Photos

ASherman's image
Tobacco Cliffs by ASherman
PeterMarchant's image
Tobacco Fragment #1 by PeterMarchant
PeterMarchant's image
Tobacco Fragment #2 by PeterMarchant
PeterMarchant's image
Tobacco Cliffs by PeterMarchant