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Tarbrax No.2 pit

Location 55.784439, -3.555796, show in map
Shale-field Cobbinshaw shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened 1881, linked to No.1 in 1891, abandoned 1903
Owner British Oil & Candle Company Ltd, Lanark Oil Company Ltd, Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd (Old), Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd (New)
Type of working Vertical shaft 26 fathoms deep
Seams worked Fells Shale
Oil works served Tarbrax Oil Works
Current status of site Site of mine within wasteground and ruins of the oil works


Sunk in 1881 to exploit the Fells Shale, linked underground to Tarbrax No. 1 in 1891; thereafter all shale appears to have been wound up No. 2 pit. Closed in 1903 following failure of the Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd.


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

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