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Addiewell No.4 pit

Location 55.848521, -3.599157, show in map
Shale-field West Calder area
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 Vertical shaft
Seams worked Raeburn Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Wooded roadside margin


A short-lived mine to a small reserve of Raeburn Shale, which was also accessed by a mine labelled as "No. 1".

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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ADDIEWELL STRIKE. - A meeting of all those employed at those works was held at No.4 pit on Saturday afternoon, when Mr. Scott, the manager, intimated that the directors were determined to abide by the rules posted in the works, but advised the men to return to work, and he would endeavor to get the rules modified. The Falkirk Herald, 28th May 1870.


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