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Pyothall No.5 pit

Location 55.938623, -3.477374, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Closed 1919
Owner Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft
Seams worked Curly, Broxburn and Grey Shales
Oil works served Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Pit site in green space adjacent to housing


Workings in the Broxburn Shales, latterly linked to the workings of Haycraigs Mines. The underground workings of Pyothall No. 5 Pit seems to have been linked to Broxburn Shale workings from Albyn Mine and Dunnet Shale workings from Dunnet (Sandhole) Mines.

Mineral Statistics for 1883 record that the Broxburn shale was worked at "No.5 Pyathall" using stoop and room method; 4 were employed on the surface, 20 underground, ( 7 and 48 in 1884), under the management of Alex Kennedy. The downcast shaft measured 10' x7' and was 440ft deep, the upcast 4.5' x 7't and 460ft deep. It was considered a firey pit, ventilated by steam, and was double-shifted


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

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A turbine pump from Ingliston has been substituted for the Riedler steam pump, and a new lodgement made, which, it is expected, will economise on steam when pumping is heavy (June 1923). The dismantling of the pumping plant at Pyothall Pit is proceeding (November 1923). In Broxburn, the removal of plant from Pyothall pit has been completed (December 1923). From Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board. (BP Archive No. 215662)



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