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Polbeth No. 7 & 7½ pits

Location 55.853462, -3.569627, show in map
Shale-field West Calder district
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1868?, abandoned 1885
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft, 189 feet deep
Seams worked Thick (Fells) Shale
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Returned to agriculture; no surviving trace of pit head features


An early pit to the Fells Shale, sometimes referred to as Addiewell No. 7. Ultimately linked underground to Fells Shale workings from Polbeth No. 10 Pit, and perhaps also Polbeth No. 8 Pit and Polbeth No. 20 Mine. The pit was presumably linked by a railway siding from the west end of the station?


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

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