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Polbeth No. 27 mine

Location 55.863361, -3.556086, show in map
Shale-field Polbeth and Gavieside shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened after 1880?, abandoned 1887, re-opened c.1891? abandoned c.1898?
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined shaft
Seams worked Broxburn Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Agricultural land with few surviving surface features other than waste exposed on side of burn


Also known as Gavieside No. 27, this mine worked the Broxburn Shale that lay beneath the former site of Gavieside Paraffin Oil Works. This seam lay beneath the Fells Shale worked from Gavieside No. 1 Pit and No. 2 Pit. Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company presumably acquired the mineral rights following collapse of the West Calder Oil Company, c.1880. The mine appears to have been abandoned c.1887, re-opened c.1891 and finally closed c.1898. British Geological Survey plan LSP 471 illustrates the extent of each episode.


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

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YOUNG'S PARAFFIN LIGHT AND MINERAL OIL COMPANY (LIMITED). CERTIFICATED OVERSMEN WANTED to take charge of this Company's new mine openings - viz., (1) at No.11 pit, Polbeth; (2) at No. 27 Mine, Polbeth; (3) at No.31 pit Polbeth. Applications to be made by letter to the undersigned on or before Monday 23rd instant. JOHN FYFE, Managing Director. The Scotsman, 13th November 1891.


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