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Dalmeny No.3 pit

Location 55.979255, -3.374013, show in map
Shale-field Queensferry and Dalmeny shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened pre-1885, abandoned 1914
Owner Dalmeny Oil Company Ltd (Old), Dalmeny Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Vertical shaft
Seams worked Main or Broxburn, Curly, New, Brushing Shales
Oil works served Dalmeny Oil Works
Current status of site Site lies beneath approach road to the Forth Bridge


The last of three pits sunk to exploit the Broxburn Shale in the vicinity of Dalmeny Oil Works, and seemingly linked to the workings of Dalmeny No. 2 Pit. Following closure, the pithead site became the terminus of the tramway serving Rosshill No. 1 & 2 Mines, and probable site of the haulage engine.


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

Underground Workings


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Contractors wanted to sink dook and work places at No.3 Pit, Dalmeny Oil Works. Offers to be in by Saturday, the 10th inst. - For further particulars apply at the Works. Edinburgh Evening News, 6th January 1885.

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