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Crossgreen No.1, 2, & 3 mines

Location 55.934374, -3.512228,(No. 1) show in map 55.936013, -3.516701,(No. 2) show in map 55.936147, -3.513744,(No. 3) show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Abandoned 1895 (No. 2), 1899 (No. 3) and 1910 (No. 1)
Owner Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shafts
Seams worked Broxburn (Grey, Upper Grey, and Curly) Shales
Oil works served Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Waste bing and course of mineral railway still apparent and (to the south of the mine), an area of considerable subsidence


The Crossgreen Mines - sometimes referred to as the Binny Mines - lay at the centre of a shallow anticline. Adits were driven to the south at a gradient of 1 in 3.9 and the south east at a gradient of 1 in 2.3 from Crossgreen No. 1, to the north at a gradient of 1 in 4 from Crossgreen No. 2 and to the north west at a gradient of 1 in 2 from Crossgreen No. 3. Haulages conveyed the output of all of these mines to Crossgreen, where shale was loaded onto standard gauge wagons for transport to Broxburn.


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

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