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Forkneuk No.38 mine

Location 55.936643, -3.522018, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Open post 1896, closed 1909
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Broxburn and Upper Grey Shales
Oil works served Uphall Oil Works
Current status of site Rough grazing


A short-lived mine linked to Forkneuk No. 1 Pit and Forkneuk No. 9 & 10 Pits, exploiting the north west corner of the shale-field. Linked to Uphall Oil Works by a standard gauge mineral railway.

Concrete plinths with foundation bolts probably mark the site of a winding house, the location of two adits are marked by areas of subsidence, and the waste bing remains clearly defined. Close by, the landowner appears to be actively filling in areas of subsidence related to stoop and room working.


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

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