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Philpstoun No. 4 (grey) mine & quarry

Location 55.959347, -3.533375 show in map
Shale-field Champfleurie, Philpstoun and Blackness shale-field
Dates opened and closed Open post 1896, abandoned 1912
Owner James Ross & Company
Type of working Open cast
Seams worked Grey Shale
Oil works served Philpstoun Oil Works
Current status of site Wooded waste land, with route of mineral railway and some rock faces still exposed.


An unidentified open cast working, and possibly a mine, about 300m south west of Philpstoun No. 4, and developed following closure of that mine. Linked to Philpstoun Oil Works by a mineral railway that also served Philpstoun No. 2, 3, 4 and other mines in the area.

A wooded ravine following the route of the mineral railway remains to mark the site of shale workings, with walls of shale exposed at some places. It appears that the ground has been substantially rearranged with waste material used to backfill old workings.

Until other evidence arises, we will refer to these workings as Philpstoun No. 4 (Grey), as workings with this title are listed in the Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue.


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