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Seafield coal mine

Location 55.879658, -3.592563, show in map
Shale-field Cousland and Seafield shale-field
Dates opened and closed Perhaps open and closed c.1874
Owner Perhaps Seafield Patent Fuel Company
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Houston Coal
Oil works served Seafield Artificial Patent Fuel Works ? (see Seafield Crude Oil Works for history)
Current status of site Landscaped open space; no trace of surface features remains


Small scale mine workings in the Houston Coal, not named on any available plan, reaching the surface a little to the west of Seafield No. 1 Shale Mine. Marked "LW 1874" on plan LSP576 . If this is taken as last year of working, it seems probable that the mine supplied the short-lived Seafield Artificial Patent Fuel Works; a plant making briquettes from a mixture of coal, peat and shale oil tars. This opened c.1874 and seems to have operated for about a year.

The OS map c.1896 shows three walls, presumably where the inclined shaft entered the ground, but labels this "old shale mine".


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

Underground Workings

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