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Philpstoun No.7 mine

Location 55.963709, -3.532231, show in map
Shale-field Champfleurie, Philpstoun, and Blackness shale-fields
Dates opened and closed Opened post 1896, abandoned 1931?
Owner James Ross & Company, James Ross & Company Philpstoun Oil Works Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft
Seams worked Champfleurie and Dunnet Shales
Oil works served Philpstoun Oil Works
Current status of site Woodland, much of the route of the haulage exists and site of adit marked by depression.


An adit travelling a substantial distance through unproductive ground to reach reserves of Champfleurie Shale to the north of the Linlithgow - Winchburgh road. The winding enginehouse appears to been sited beside the mineral railway linking Philpstoun Oil Works with Philpstoun No.4 and Champfluerie No.3 mines. From this a surface haulage headed north within an existing shelter belt of trees, entering the ground close to Bridgend rows.

Available plans are difficult to interpret but it appears that the mine exploited shales formerly worked by failed Linlithgow Oil Company Ltd.


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

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