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Pumpherston No.5 mine

Location 55.906160, -3.475786, show in map
Shale-field Pumpherston shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened 1899, abandoned 1925
Owner Pumpherston Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit at gradient of 1 in 1.3
Seams worked Dunnet Shales, No. 1, 2 and 3 seams
Oil works served Pumpherston Oil Works
Current status of site Part of mine site within golf course, the remainder wooded waste land


Steeply inclined working in the Dunnet Shales. Shale was transported by the tramway that also served Pumpherston No. 3 Mine.


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

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Work has now been stopped and the withdrawal of materials ( e.g. rails, sleepers etc) is in progress. All miners and drawers have been transferred to No.4 Mine, which has been double shifted, but a few of the on cost men are idle. (April 1925). From Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board. (BP Archive No. 215662)

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