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Polbeth No. 10 pit

Location 55.855664, -3.570319, show in map
Shale-field West Calder shale-field
Dates opened and closed Open c.1868?, abandoned 1885
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft, 171 feet deep
Seams worked Fells Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Rough ground above Breich Water


A pit sited immediately across the road from Mossend Village, exploiting the Fells Shale. Latterly linked underground to Polbeth No. 7 Pit, and possibly also to Polbeth No. 8 Pit and Polbeth No. 20 Mine.


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