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Addiewell No. 4 Pit & No. 1 Mine

Location 55.848521, -3.599157,(No. 4 pit), show in map 55.851138, -3.595889 (No. 1 mine)show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1865, abandoned c.1866?
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical Shaft
Seams worked Raeburn shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Wooded margin of landscaped bing and nature reserve


Part of a complicated arrangement of early shale and coal mines and pits close to Addiewell Chemical Works. It appears that mines and pits may have been ordered in separate sequences. See also Addiewell 2, 5 & 6 Pits and Addiewell 2 & 3 Mines

This small scale working of the Raeburn shale, seemingly accessed both from Addiewell No. 4 pit and No. 1 mine, appears to have operated for little more than a year.


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

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