There's gold in them there hills!
Permian/Triassic 290 - 206 Million years ago
At some point during the Permian Triassic low temperature hydrothermal fluids apparently produced a significant deposit of low-grade iron ore in the limestone plateaus at Brixham and Sharkham Point.Discovered in 1842 the ore was commercially mined for smelting and for the use in the manufacture of anti-corrosion paint by the Tor Bay Paint Co established in 1895.
Another suite of fluids led to the formation of thin gold and palladium-bearing veins in the Devonian limestones of Hope's Nose, Torquay, the former characteristically forming small, delicate feather-like crystals. Very rare selenium minerals are also present, together making these deposits unique in Britain and possibly within Europe. Photo Credit: Torquay Museum