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Roman Camp No.5 mine

Location 55.918350, -3490875 show in map
Shale-field Pumpherston shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened 1917, closed 1934
Owner Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Camps Shale
Oil works served Roman Camp Oil Works
Current status of site Waste ground with mine bing surviving


A mine exploiting reserves of Camps Shale to the north west of the mine entrance. The larger part of the Camps Shale in this area was exploited from Pumpherston No. 4 Mine.


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

Underground Workings


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At No.5 mine several places on the north side, which are approaching the whin dyke referred to in the last report, are in a very poor condition and a number of them are being stopped (May 1924). We are experiencing difficulties in the neighbourhood of the whin dyke (June 1924). The inclination of the seam changed from 35 to vertical, but the dook was carried on at a gradient of 35 and the shale found rising at an angle of 30, showing that a very deep trough had been crossed (June 1925). We are expected to reach the flat ground by this time, but the seam is still lying steeply with no sign of a change (January 1925). From Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board. (BP Archive No. 215662))


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