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Although there were considerable coprolite workings in the area in an arc to the south of Leighton Buzzard from the late 1860‘s to the turn of the century, a contemporary geologist, A. C. Cameron, noted an unworked occurrence of the deposit at Bragenham, northwest of Leighton Buzzard in fields 3/8ths mile northwest of Bragenham Farm. The likelihood would have been that if it was of an economic value it would have been exploited as it was highly valued by manure manufacturers for its relatively high phosphate content. O.S. 6 inch Beds. 28NW; Oakley, K. ‘British Phosphates,’ Wartime Pamphlets Vol. 8, No 3. 1941. (See fig. 2)