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Hopetoun No.35 (Threemiletown) pit

Location 55.962526, -3.505586 show in map
Shale-field Ecclesmachan district
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1896, abandoned 1958
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft
Seams worked Broxburn Main, Upper Gray, Grey, and Upper Shales
Oil works served Hopetoun Oil Works
Current status of site Returned to agriculture leaving few traces other than a boundary wall


A substantial pit, ultimately linked underground to Hopetoun No. 6 Mine, and served by the standard gauge railway to Hopetoun Oil Works.

Redhouse Cottages were constructed close to the pit head.


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

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TO PIT SINKING CONTRACTORS - OFFERS WANTED to SINK No 35 PIT, HOPETOUN, near Winchburgh, from a depth of 26½ Fathoms, where it now stands, to about 80 Fathoms. Copy of Specification and any other information may be had from Messrs Johnstone & Rankine, Mining Engineers, 235 West George Street, Glasgow, and from the Company's Local Mining Manager, Mr Rankine, Hopetoun Works, Winchburgh. Tenders to be lodged with the Undersigned on or before Monday, 16th. The Directors do not bind themselves to accept the lowest or any offer. Glasgow Herald, 1st August 1896

The miners in No.35 pit, belonging to Messrs Young's Oil Co., have again been thrown idle on account of the water rising. Pumping operations are in full swing, and it is expected the miners will be able to resume work in a few days. West Lothian Courier, 30th November 1911

The opening up of the ground beyond the Waterstone fault has proceeded satisfactorily and the shale is of excellent quality (June 1924). The Broxburn seam is opening up well beyond the fault recently crossed (March 1925). From Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board. (BP Archive No. 215662)

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