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Baads No. 15 Pit

Location 55.839437, -3.592343, show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opening date unknown c.1875?, abandoned about 1883 ?
Owner Young's Paraffin Light and Mineral Oil Company
Type of working Vertical shaft, about 100 fathoms deep
Seams worked Fells Shale, Broxburn Shale and Houston Coal.
Oil works served Addiewell chemical works
Current status of site Substantial waste bing (merged with the bing of Baads No. 17) set within agricultural land


Workings in the Fells shale and a small area of Broxburn shale, linked by cross-cut mine to the workings of Baads No. 22 Pit. Houston coal was also worked. The mine was served by a standard gauge mineral railway to Addiewell works. The substantial pithead complex included two shafts; it is unclear whether shale and coal were serviced from different shafts. BGS plan shows Broxburn shale last worked in 1881, and Houston coal in 1883.


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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