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Forkneuk No.9 & 10 pits

Location 55.931069, -3.516559, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Open pre-1896, abandoned 1909
Owner Uphall Oil Company Ltd?, Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft (294 ft deep?)
Seams worked Broxburn and Upper Grey Shales
Oil works served Uphall Oil Works
Current status of site Waste ground


A substantial pit, exploiting Broxburn Shale from an area to the south west of the pit. Workings seem to have latterly been linked to those of Forkneuk No. 1 Pit and Forkneuk No. 38 Mine. Linked to Uphall Oil Works by a standard gauge mineral railway.

The pithead site lies in rough ground to the north of Rosemount Drive. The bing seems to have been been levelled and no trace remains of pithead buildings.


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

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