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Stewartfield No.2 pit

Location 55.936893, -3.462809, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Closed prior to c.1895
Owner Robert Bell? and subsequently Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft, 12 fathoms deep
Seams worked Broxburn Shale
Oil works served Uncertain, one of a number of early oil works in Broxburn? subsequently Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Site redeveloped for housing


The history of the shale workings in the Stewartfield area is unclear. It appears that Stewartfield No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 Pits were early, shallow shafts that were ultimately linked up underground. Stewartfield No. 1 and No. 2 Mines were subsequently developed, following the seam of Broxburn Shale from its outcrop close to Broxburn Oil Works, linking existing workings, and providing access to the most distant reserves.

Probably one of the early pits in Broxburn, on the doorstep of Stewartfield Rows.


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

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Further research is required to ascertain whether the following relates to Stewartfield No. 2 Mine, or Stewartfield No. 2 Pit:

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