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Alderstone No.43 mine

Location 55.876033, -3.530041, show in map
Shale-field Alderstone, Bellsquarry and Newpark district
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1908, abandoned 1921
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft at a dip of about 1 in 1.8
Seams worked Jubilee seam of the Pumpherston Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site In the wooded margins of a housing area. No trace remains of surface features survive


The last sunk and furthest east of Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd's mines and pits in the West Calder area, working an isolated area of the Jubilee Seam of the Pumpherston Shale. The mine was served by a standard gauge mineral railway linking to the West Calder loop line near Gavieside.


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

Underground Workings

Plan of Workings

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Production Records

Available statistics: 42,367 tons (1921), 4,796 (1922). Shale was supplied to Addiewell.


YOUNG'S PARAFFIN LIGHT AND MINERAL OIL COMPANY LIMITED. CONTRACTORS WANTED for the CONSTRUCTION of THREE BRANCH RAILWAYS, to of which are over one mile in length viz: (1) RAILWAY from Addiewell Works to Baads Coal Mine. (2) RAILWAY from near Gavieside to Alderstone Coal Mine. (3) RAILWAY from Hopetoun Works to Niddry Shale Mine. The permanent way material will be supplied by the Company. Plans may be seen, and Specifications obtained; on and after Monday 1st June, from Messrs. D & G.R. Rankine C.E.238 West George St Glasgow; and the works will be pointed out on Friday 5th June, leaving Addiewell Station, Caledonian Railway, at 10.30 am, and the route of the three railways will be inspected in one day. Offers to be lodged with the undersigned not later than Saturday, 13th June. JOHN FYFE, Managing Director. The Scotsman 29th May 1908.

Accident Records


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