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Addiewell No.3 mine

Location 55.851710, -3.589550, 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 or level shaft
Seams worked Grey Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Woodland and nature reserve following land renewal. No surviving traces of pit head features


A short-lived mine or level accessing a small reserve of Grey Shale also exploited by Addiewell No. 2 Mine. Presumably the mine follow the shale from its exposure on the southern bank of the Breich Water and may have been an exploratory working, or driven to improve drainage or ventilation.

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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