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Almondfield oil works

also known as Almondfield Refinery or Almondfield Chemical Works

Location Unknown, show in map
Former parish and county Parish of Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Current local authority area West Lothian
Construction history built c.1866
Ownership history John Vallance & Co.
Demolition history ceased operation c.1869, site cleared c.1884
Current status of site uncertain

Not listed by Redwood

A small "paraffin oil refinery", which appears to have operated for four or five years, then left unlet for more than a decade. The works appears in editions of the Edinburgh Post Office Directory between 1866 and 1869, listed simply as; "Vallance, Oil Refinery, Almondfield"

Other than being located within Uphall parish, there is no known contemporary evidence of where the works were located. The place-name "Almondfield" does not appear on local Ordnance Survery maps. Peter Caldwell in his book "Broxburn Shale; the rise and fall of an industry" (Grimsay Press 2010) states:

"James (sic?)Vallance, a chemist from Paisley, had an oil refinery built at Almondfield." " This refinery stood just East of the Arches on the south side of the present main road. In the field directly opposite, on the north side of the road, there was a shale mine (Newliston Shale Mine)."

No source is given for this information, and the site suggested by Peter Caldwell lies just outside of the boundaries of Uphall parish


Valuation Records

Entries between 1866 and 1884; Download details.

This table requires verification; it may be that the 1865 entry and associated reference to Roman Camps has no association to Almondfield.



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


SEQUESTRATION of ANDREW TAYLOR, Manufacturing Chemist, Uphall, by Bathgate. DAVID MARSHALL, Chartered Accountant in Edinburgh, has been elected Trustee on the estate; and Robert Kay Kinnimount, Merchant, Stewartfield, Broxburn, Alexander Sim, one of the Partners of the North British Colour Company, Leith, and John Vallance, Oil Refiner, Broxburn, have been elected Commissioners. The examination of the Bankrupt will take place within the Sheriff-Court-house, Linlithgow, on Wednesday the 5th day of June next, at one o'clock afternoon. The Creditors will meet within the Trustee's Chambers, 36, Hanover Street, Edinburgh, on Thursday the 13th day of June next, at two o'clock afternoon. DAVID MARSHALL, Trustee. Edinburgh, May 29, 1867.

The Edinburgh Gazette, 31st May 1867


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