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Burntisland No.1 mine

Location 56.070321, -3.220431, show in map
Shale-field Burntisland shale-field
Dates opened and closed Open c.1878?, closed c.1894
Owner Binnend Oil Company Ltd?, Burntisland Oil Company Ltd (Old), Burntisland Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Inclined adit at about 15 degrees
Seams worked Dunnet Shale
Oil works served Binnend Oil & Mineral Works
Current status of site Derelict land with mature trees


Also known as Winnyhall No.1; this mine dipped to the NW beneath the hillside following the seam Dunnet Shale. Workings linked underground to those of the other Burntisland mines.

Mineral Statistics for 1883 records that No.1 mine worked a 6' seam of Dunnet shale by the stoop and room method. 11 men were employed above, and 88 below ground (12 and 90 in 1884), under the management of Jno. Louden. The downcast shaft measured 10' x 8' and was 810' deep; the upcast 9'x6' and 600' deep. It was a non-firery mine ventilated by a 16' fan,


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

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