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Limefield No.32 mine

Location 55.864505, -3.550599, show in map
Shale-field Polbeth and Gavieside shale-field
Dates opened and closed Date of opening uncertain c.1880, abandoned c.1892, reopened c.1900? and abandoned 1923
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shafts?, subsequently inclined adits
Seams worked Dunnet Shale, and subsequently Raeburn Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Agricultural land; no surface features survive


Workings in the Dunnet shale, associated with Polbeth No. 31 Pit. Following a period of closure, the mine was reconstructed and workings extended to exploit Dunnet Shale lying beneath the Charlesfield Estate.


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

Underground Workings


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No.32 mine, Limefield has been abandoned, as it had become exhausted and the output, which had been retorted at Addiewell, has been replaced from other mines in the neighbourhood to which the men have been transferred. (December 1923). From Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board. (BP Archive No. 215662)

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