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Baads No.9 mine

Location 55.844630, -3.589282, show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1866, abandoned c.1868
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft, 214 ft deep.
Seams worked Fells Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Within an area of rough grazing, with overgrown mounds of mine waste


An early pit, close to Blackbrae bridge, exploiting a small area of Fells Shale separated from the Fells Shale workings in Addiewell by the West Calder Burn. Sometimes referred to as Addiewell No. 9 Pit, or Blackbrae No. 9 Pit.

The "old level" and "old quarries", and also perhaps the small reservoir south of the road might be related to the Burngrange Shale Oil Works, that are thought to have been located in the vicinity.


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

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OFFERS are WANTED for WORKING the SHALE from No.9 pit in the Lands of Baads, and from No.7 pit in the Lands of Polbeth, both in the Parish of West Calder. Conditions of Let can be learned on application at the Office here. Sealed Offers to be addressed to Mr. R. Scott, Manager, and lodged by Friday 3rd July next. Addiewell Chemical Works, West Calder, 20th June, 1868. Glasgow Herald, 24th June 1868.

To the south of Burngrange, in the West Calder burn, thin laminated sandstones with shaly partings intervene between the Fells shale and Houston coal. A pit sunk 25 yards to the west of this coal outcrop, alongside the public road, reached the shale at 32 fathoms, and here the vertical distance between shale and coal is 150 feet. Oil-shales of the Lothians; first edition, British Geological Survey, 1906.


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