<<< BACK to previous page

Scottish mines

Oil shale pits

Coal shale pits


A Recognised Collection of National Importance

Home > Companies & Works > Shale Mines > Deans No.2 mine

Deans No.2 mine

Location 55.900383, -3.582439 (southern adit) show in map 55.900790, -3.581899 (northern adit) show in map
Shale-field Deans shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened post 1885, last worked c. 1891
Owner West Lothian Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft
Seams worked Broxburn Shale
Oil works served Deans Crude Oil Works
Current status of site Within Deans North industrial estate; no surface features remain


NOTE: There is some evidence that "Mine No. 2" and "Mine No. 3" may have been incorrectly labelled on the 1897 O.S map, and that No. 2 should be labeled as No. 3 and vice versa. Until further evidence comes to light however, it is assumed that the labels on the OS map are correct.

The early history of the Deans mines remains unclear. The second edition OS map (c.1897) clearly labels an area of derelict ground as "Mine No. 2". Within this area, a feature immediately south of the tramway seems likely to present a mine entrance. Mine plans show there were two mine entrances to the Broxburn Shale from this site,and also one or two shafts to the Broxburn Shale slightly to the north.


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

Underground Workings



creative commons

We are happy to licence use of many images, extracts, and other resources of this website under a Creative Commons attribution, non-commercial licence (Scotland). See full copyright statement. Such material should be attributed to Almond Valley Heritage Trust and, where practical, a hyperlink provided to www.scottishshale.co.uk.