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Addiewell No.3 coal pit

Location 55.848369, -3.591025, show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Perhaps opened c.1865 and closed before 1870
Owner James Young, then Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft
Seams worked Not known, perhaps Houston Coal?
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Grassed open space created following land renewal. No surviving trace of pit head structures


A shaft labelled "No. 3" is shown on BGS plan LSP572 adjacent to two areas of underground workings; the Houston Coal, subsequently exploited from No. 18 Pit (last worked 1874), and the Grey Shale exploited from No. 2 Mine (last worked 1865) which was sited immediately adjacent to No. 3 Pit.

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.

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