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Fivestanks mine

Location 55.935526, -3.502378, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Opened 1917, closed 1919
Owner Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit at a gradient of 1 in 3.5
Seams worked Raeburn Shale
Oil works served Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Re-developed for housing in Carledubs Avenue


A very short-lived mine "troubled by wants" - the disappearance of a seam of productive shale. Linked to Broxburn Oil Works by standard gauge mineral railway.


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

Underground Workings



In this district the Raeburn shale was at some time worked open-cast to the south of Fivestanks, many years ago. Geological Survey wartime Pamphlet No.27 Oil-Shales of the Lothians: Area 2 – Pumpherston, 1942


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