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Burntisland No.2 mine

Location 56.069787, -3.221880, show in map
Shale-field Burntisland shale-field
Dates opened and closed Open c.1880, abandoned c.1894
Owner Binnend Oil Company Ltd?, Burntisland Oil Company Ltd (Old), Burntisland Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Inclined adit at a gradient of 1 in 3
Seams worked Dunnet Shale
Oil works served Binnend Oil & Mineral Works
Current status of site Derelict land with mature trees


Also known as Winnyhill No.2, this mine dipped to the NW, following the seam of Dunnet Shale into the hillside. Eventually linked underground to the other Burntisland mines.

Mineral Statistics for 1883 record that No.2 mine worked the Dunnet shale by the stoop and room method. The downcast shaft measured 11'x6' and was 830' deep. 11 persons were employed above and 65 below ground (8 and 85 in 1884) under the management of Jno. Louden. The mine was considered non-fiery and dipped at a gradient of 1 in 3


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

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