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A small coprolite pit was marked on the first geological map of the area, on the eastern side of the road almost at the top of the hill near the pub but no other documentation related to it has come to light. The proximity of the Woburn Experimental Station where John Bennet Lawes, the man who patented the technique of converting coprolites into superphosphate may have been related as it was possible the fertilised was made locally for testing on the sandy soils of the Duke of Bedford‘s Estate. (6” Beds.21 ÓW; Oakley,•British Phosphates,” Wartime Pamphlets, Vol.8.No.3.1941 fig.3)