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Easter Briech coal mine

Location ,55.867225, -3.578707, show in map
Shale-field Breich shale-field
Dates opened and closed closed prior to 1897
Owner Perhaps Thomas and James Thornton, or Hermand Oil Company Ltd (Old), Hermand Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Inclined shaft at a gradient of 1 in 2.5
Seams worked Houston Coal
Oil works served Probably Breich Oil Works
Current status of site Rough grazing with site of mines and route of tramway still evident


Small scale workings in the Houston Coal, not named in any known plans. These presumably supplied fuel to Breich Oil Works and were worked in association with Easter Breich No. 1 & 2 Shale Pits.

Geological survey plan LSP48, (which illustrates shale workings from Easter Breich No. 1 & 2), also shows very limited workings of the 2 ft. coal beside the Breich Water. The workings are dated 18th December 1865, and therefore unlikely to be related to shale workings.

See also Early workings in the Breich area


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

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