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Baads No.22 pit

Location 55.838613, -3.580769, show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Abandoned prior to 1895
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd.
Type of working Vertical shaft, about 45 fathoms deep
Seams worked Fells Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Open space beside field, remains of bing cleared since 1999


Workings in the Fells Shale, linked by a cross cut mine at its northern extremity with the workings of Baads No. 15 Pit.


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

Underground Workings

Plan of Workings

Recent Images


The mining operations in No.22 pit, 600 yards to the north-east of Baads, proved the continuation of the (Blackbrae) fault to the south east, and also its lateral branch that passes through that farm steading. The Fells shale was extensively worked in this field, while the Houston Coal and Raeburn shale were also opened up to some extent. Oil Shales of the Lothians; British Geological Survey, 1906.


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