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Pumpherston No.6 mine

Location 55.905865, -3.471858, show in map
Shale-field Pumpherston shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened post 1907, closed 1912
Owner Pumpherston Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Broxburn Big, Curly and Wild Shales
Oil works served Pumpherston Oil Works
Current status of site Woodland and open space. The brick foundation of the engine house survive


A short-lived mine exploiting the Broxburn Shales. Two very substantial brick plinths survive, presumably the base of the haulage engine house, also a modest bing of waste shale. Trees and shrubs cover the site of the adit. Immediately to the north of the mine site, a number of reed beds were constructed c. 2000 as part of the remediation of the Pumpherston Oil Works site.


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

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