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Greenfield No.3 mine

Location 55.784840, -3.562211, show in map
Shale-field Cobbinshaw shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c. 1885, Abandoned 1903
Owner Lanark Oil Company Ltd, Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd (Old), Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Raeburn Shale, Fraser Shale
Oil works served Tarbrax Oil Works
Current status of site Bog and Moorland, little trace of surface features


A mine developed c.1885 by the Lanark Oil Company Ltd to work the Raeburn Shale, subsequently operated by the Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd to work the Fraser Shale and abandoned 1903 on failure of the company. The Fraser Shale workings were eventually linked to Viewfield No. 4 Mine which remained in operation until 1920. Pithead buildings do not seem to have been plotted on OS maps. "Old shafts", marked in the vicinity of Greenfield No. 3 Mine, may have been associated with working of Fells Shale and linked to Tarbrax No. 1 and 2.


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

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