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Addiewell No.5 pit

Location 55.849550, -3.587687, show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1867? perhaps closed in the 1890's ?
Owner James Young, then Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft, 17.5 fathoms to shale
Seams worked Fells Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Grassed open space following land renewal works. No surviving trace of pit head features


One of a number of Addiewell pits exploiting the Fells Shale. The workings of Addiewell No. 5 Pit probably linked underground to Addiewell No. 1 Pit, Addiewell No. 2 Pit, Addiewell No. 6 Pit, and perhaps linked to workings at Tenantsmarch.

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


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