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Stewartfield No.3 pit

Location 55.935418, -3.462592, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn district
Dates opened and closed Open pre-1897, closed 1914?
Owner Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft; 13 fathoms deep
Seams worked Broxburn Shale
Oil works served Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Within housing estate


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.

The 1897 OS map shows only an engine house and shaft, rather that all the surface features of a shale pit, suggesting that was used at that time only for emergency and service purposes; linked to the workings of Stewartfield No. 2 Mine?


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

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