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Addiewell No.2 mine

Location 55.848396, -3.591105, show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c. 1864, closed c.1865
Owner James Young, then Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft
Seams worked Grey Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Grassed open space following land renewal. No surviving trace of mine head structures


A short-lived mine following the seam of Grey Shale from its outcrop. The workings appear to link underground to those of Addiewell No. 3 Mine.

See "Early mines and pits in the Addiewell area" for further background.


Ordnance Survey maps reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland.

Underground Workings

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