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Hopetoun No.1 pit

Location 55.951242, -3.467905, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1872, abandoned 1876 and/or 1881
Owner Uphall Oil Company Ltd, Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft, 10 fathoms deep
Seams worked Broxburn Shale
Oil works served Hopetoun Oil Works
Current status of site Wooded waste tip


An early pit serving Hopetoun Oil Works.


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