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Seafield No.3 mine

Location 55.876745, -3.597749, show in map
Shale-field Cousland and Seafield shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened c.1905? (does not appear on 1896 OS map), abandoned 1917
Owner Pumpherston Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Dunnet Shale
Oil works served Seafield Crude Oil Works
Current status of site Rough grazing


Small scale workings in the Dunnet shale to serve Seafield Crude Oil Works.


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

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SHALE DISCOVERY IN WEST LOTHIAN. It was recently stated that the course of boring operations in the neighbourhood of their Seafield Works, the Pumpherston Oil Company had come upon a new. and, it was believed, extensive seam of shale. Further boring has confirmed early expectations. A considerable area has now been proved, and there is every reason to assume that the deposit is of wide extent. So far the bed is of good workable thickness, and the quality that of the famous Pumpherston shale. Mines are being sunk rapidly possible to the seam, but some months must elapse before a beginning can be made with the getting of the shale. There no doubt that the find will prove a valuable addition to the resources of the Company. Evening Telegraph 13th September 1910

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