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Tottleywells No.1 mine

Location 55.971474, -3.447219, show in map
Shale-field Duddingston shale-field
Dates opened and closed Opened 1938, abandoned 1960
Owner Oakbank Oil Company Ltd
Type of working Inclined adit
Seams worked Broxburn, Main, Pumpherston and Plain Shales
Oil works served Niddry Castle Crude Oil Works
Current status of site Mine site restored and returned to agriculture


Linked to Niddry Castle Crude Oil Works by a 2'6" gauge electric tramway.


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

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The proving of the Broxburn shale is being continued, and the bore is at present in the marls just above the seams (June 1924). From Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board. (BP Archive No. 215662)

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