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Polbeth No. 8 pit

Location 55.857272, -3.566367, show in map
Shale-field West Calder area
Dates opened and closed Open c.1868, abandoned 1906
Owner Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft, 262 feet deep
Seams worked Fells Shale (referred to as Addiewell or Thick Shale)
Oil works served Addiewell Chemical Works
Current status of site Rough ground and overgrown waste bing, sited within agricultural land


Substantial workings in the Fells Shale, ultimately linked to workings from Polbeth No. 20 Mine, and perhaps also Polbeth No. 7 Pit and Polbeth No. 10 Pit. Map evidence suggests that the pithead was dismantled some time before the abandonment of the workings.


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

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