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Forkneuk No.1 pit

Location 55.934527, -3521900, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn District
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1870? abandoned 1886 and 1909
Owner Uphall Oil Company Ltd?, Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft
Seams worked Broxburn Shale
Oil works served Uphall Oil Works
Current status of site Rough grazing; no trace of surface features survive other than subsidence.

Background

An early pit, closed in 1886, but subsequently linked to the workings of Forkneuk No. 9 & 10 Pits, to the south, and Forkneuk No. 38 Mine to the north. Linked by standard gauge railway to Uphall Oil Works.

The pit site lies within a grazed area pock-marked with subsidence. No trace remains of any pithead buildings.

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

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