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Broxburn: Buchan oil works

sometimes referred to as Poynter's Oil Works

Location in the vicinity of: 55.938249, -3.469261, show in map
Former parish and county Parish of Uphall
Current local authority area West Lothian
Construction history Built c.1866
Ownership history Calder Oil Company, John Edgar Poynter ,John Poynter & Son ,
Demolition history Presumed demolished c.1873
Current status of site Football ground

For more information on the complicated history of Broxburn's early oil works, see this overview

Redwood states that Pointer's works [sic] lay on the south side of the Canal, operated between 1862 and 1867 and produced only crude oil using 30 horizontal retorts.

Valuation records for 1866 make mention of the Calder Oil Company - a firm which had operated Palacecraig oil works and was then owned solely by John Edgar Poynter. Subsequently some sources list the proprietor as John Poyner and Son, an established firm of manufacturing chemists and drysalter which, at that time. John Edgar Poynter was sole partner

Valuation Records

Listed between 1866 and 1873. Download details.



Redwood records that the works were equipped with 30 horizonal retorts, however the sale notice printed in 1874 lists 110 horizontal retorts



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

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Buchan Oil Works


BUCHAN OIL WORKS, BROXBURN on THURSDAY, 19th FEBRUARY 1874. P. BURN, SON & McCOLL beg to intimate that they have been instructed to SELL by John Poynter & Son will SELL the Whole Valuable PLANT and MACHINERY of the above works, on account of their relinquishing the Business. Amongst the principal Lots are

Full particulars in Catalogues, which will be ready shortly, and may be had from the Auctioneers, or forwarded on application. Glasgow 6th February 1874.

The Scotsman 9th February 1874.

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