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Fivestanks; unidentified mine

Location 55.938502, -3.495481, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn
Dates opened and closed Closed prior to 1895
Owner Uncertain, perhaps Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft
Seams worked Uncertain
Oil works served Perhaps Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Flooded shaft? and waste heaps remain within a wooded area set between fields


A site marked as "Old Shale Mine" on OS maps, lying about 350m NE of the site of Fivestanks farm. The site has yet to be identified on mining plans and appears not be associated with any known mineral reserves. There appears no trace of any railway route linking the mine to the nearby mineral branch linking many of the Broxburn Oil Company's pits to their oil works.

A substantial waste heap, and what appears to be the flooded entrance to an adit, survives in a wooded area.


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

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