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Addiewell No.6 pit

Location 55.850462, -3.586758, show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Uncertain, perhaps opened c.1866 and closed prior to 1870?
Owner James Young, then Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft
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


The site of Addiewell No. 6 Pit is only known from mine plans. These indicate that the pit was sunk to access the Fells Shale; a seam also worked from Addiewell No. 1, Addiewell No. 2 and Addiewell No. 5 Pits. No. 6 was not included in a list of active Addiewell pits in 1870, suggesting that the mine had been abandoned, perhaps in favour of the nearby No. 5 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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