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Mid Breich No.3 pit

Location 55.863235, -3.585708 (main shaft), show in map 55.863090, -3.585385 (service shaft) show in map
Shale-field Breich shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened early 1880's?, abandoned 1887
Owner Hermand Oil Company Ltd (Old), perhaps previously Thomas and James Thornton
Type of working Vertical shaft, 141 feet (23 fathoms) deep
Seams worked Broxburn Shale
Oil works served Breich Oil Works
Current status of site Storage yard, remains of waste bing survive in adjoining woodland


Mine plans show that the workings were served by a second shaft immediately south of the West Calder loop lines. The staging associated with No. 3 Pit seems also to have received shale via tramways from No. 4 Pit (to the west), and Easter Breich No. 1 and No. 2 (to the east).

See also Early Shale Workings in the Breich Area.


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

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