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Ochiltree No.3 mine

Location 55.961619, -3.542976, show in map
Shale-field Champfleurie, Philpstoun and Blackness shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened post 1884, abandoned 1912
Owner Linlithgow Oil Company Ltd, subsequently James Ross & Company
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Broxburn Shales
Oil works served Champfleurie (Bridgend) Oil Works, subsequently Philpstoun Oil Works
Current status of site Mine site landscaped to form part of Bridgend golf course


No. 3 Mine was sunk to exploit Broxburn Shale lying south west of Champfleurie (Bridgend) Oil Works, and shared mine head facilities with the longer established No. 2 Mine. The mine closed on collapse of the Linlithgow Oil Company Ltd, but was briefly reopened by James Ross & Company who extended their mineral railway from Philpstoun No. 4 Mine to enable Ochiltree shale to be transported to Philpstoun Oil Works.


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

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A CHAMPFLEURIE MINE TO BE RE-OPENED. It is understood that No.3 shale mine, formerly worked by Linlithgow Oil Coy. (now defunct) is to be re-opened by Messrs James Ross & Company, Philpstoun Oil Works, who some time ago acquired a lease on the minerals which were leased to the Linlithgow Oil Company. The shale from the mine will be conveyed to the retorts at Philpstoun Oil Works, and it is understood that it is with that object in view Messrs. Ross & Company are constructing a railway crossing the public road at Auldhill Entry to the south of Bridgend Rows. The West Lothian Courier, 17th January 1908

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