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Greendykes South mine

Location 55.945649, -3.466995, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Opened post 1896, abandoned 1915
Owner Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Broxburn, Grey and Curly Shales
Oil works served Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Buried beneath Greendykes bing


One of a number of mines following the outcrop of the Broxburn Shale along the eastern edge of the Broxburn anticline.

Mineral statistics for 1883 and 1884 record that Greendykes South mine worked the Broxburn shale by stoop and room working. It employed two on the surface and eight underground under the management of Alex Kennedy. Both downcast and upcast shafts measured 8'x5'. It was a non-fiery mine and was ventilated by steam.


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

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