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Carledubs mine

Location 55.939350, -3.505035, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Open c.1885, closed 1922
Owner Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Curly Grey, Upper Grey, Broxburn Shale
Oil works served Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Wasteground with shrubs. The site has been leveled and no trace remains of surface structures


Two adits driven into the Broxburn Shale heading to the south and east of the mine head. The shale was transported to Broxburn Oil Works by standard gauge mineral railway.

The 1" "popular" OS map published c.1926 map appears to show a tramway running north from Carledubs towards Wyndford, crossing the Ecclesmachan to Greendykes road by a bridge. Sketch maps in the British Geological Survey collection show an adit at Wyndford, dipping east into the Broxburn shale. This is assumed to represent an extension of workings from Carledubs.


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

Underground Workings


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Production Records

Available statistics: 81,671 tons (1921), 7,566 (1922). Shale was supplied to Broxburn Oil Works.


The above expenditure has chiefly been incurred in opening up Carledubs Mines, near Uphall Church, at the extreme west of the company's mineral field, and in making a railway 1.5 miles in length, to connect these mines with the works. 11th AGM of the Broxburn Oil Co, reported in the Glasgow Herald 8th May 1888.

As we do not consider it would pay to re-open Carledubs Mine, the plant is being removed and will be used at other places. (May 1924). Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board (BP Archive No. 215662)

Accident Records


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