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Viewfield coal pit

Location 55.792524, -3.579436, show in map
Shale-field Cobbinshaw shale-field
Dates opened and closed Closed c.1903
Owner Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd (Old), Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd (New)?
Type of working Vertical shaft
Seams worked Hurlet Coal
Oil works served Tarbrax Oil Works
Current status of site Waste bing remains within moorland area


Thought to have been operated by the Caledonian Mineral Oil Company Ltd to supply fuel for Tarbrax Oil Works, and closed on collapse of that company. The workings were subsequently accessed from the new Woolfords coal mine, developed by the Pumpherston Oil Company Ltd.


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

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