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Gavieside No.40 mine

Location 55.870416, -3.561148, show in map
Shale-field Polbeth and Gavieside shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1902, abandoned 1927
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft
Seams worked Dunnet Shale, Under-Dunnet or Barracks Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Site returned to agriculture, no surviving trace of surface features


An inclined mine to the Dunnet Shale, sometimes referred to as Charlesfield mine, linked by a standard gauge mineral line to the Polbeth and Addiewell Railway.


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

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The Dunnet Shale is at present being opened out by the new Gavieside mine, where the shale... varies from 6 – 16 feet, but its general working thickness is about 10 feet. Oil Shales of the Lothians; British Geological Survey, 1906.

ADDIEWELL SHALE MINES - THREATENED CLOSURE - YOUNG'S OIL COMPANY, Addiewell, has posted notices at the works and mines stating that their lease of the Polbeth minerals expires at Whitsunday 1925. The Company has had prolonged negotiations with the landlords for a renewal thereof, but the parties have been unable to come to terms. It may, therefore, be necessary at 28th May to discontinue operations at Polbeth and Gavieside Shale Mines, and also at Addiewell Oil Works. The Company regret having to notify all workers at these mines and works that, on and after 15th May, work will be continued on the footing of all workers being subject to one day's notice. The situation has given rise to a feeling of anxiety in the district, as a large body of workmen will be affected if a stoppage takes place. The Scotsman 5th May 1925

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