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Hopetoun No.3 mine

Location 55.947461, -3.457771, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn area
Dates opened and closed Closed 1884
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Broxburn Shales
Oil works served Hopetoun Oil Works
Current status of site Derelict ground set within farmland


Inclined mine working Broxburn Shales in the western arm of the Broxburn syncline. Also referred to as Niddry Mine.

A small opencast oil shale quarry operated at Niddry Farm Quarry; producing 2,464 tons of shale in 1945 and 3,743 in 1946.


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

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