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Stewartfield No.4 pit

Location 55.934881, -3.453012, show in map
Shale-field Broxburn area
Dates opened and closed Opened pre-1897, closed 1914
Owner Broxburn Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Vertical shaft
Seams worked Broxburn and Curly Shale
Oil works served Broxburn Oil Works
Current status of site Industrial 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 No. 4 Pit operating as "pumping station" presumably de-watering 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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