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Fraser pit

Location 55.830870, -3.593412, show in map
Shale-field West Calder district
Dates opened and closed Opened 1940, abandoned 1951
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft, 411 ft deep
Seams worked Fraser Shale
Oil works served Westwood Crude Oil Works
Current status of site Site landscaped and now woodland


One of a number of new shale workings begun immediately prior to World War Two, and the last shale pit to be sunk. Sited close to Baads No. 42 coal mine. The Fraser mine and bing site were subject of a land renewal project during the 1990's.


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

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