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Uphall - Railway Oil Works

Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Opened pre-1866
Closed 1867
Current status of site:

Not listed by Redwood

A small scale and short-lived paraffin refinery, described in the sale note (see "snippets", below), as being "closely adjoining Uphall station". The works appear separate from Wyllie's oil refinery, which was in operation during the years that the Railway Chemical Works were active and which were also described as "adjoining the railway station".

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    • PETROLEUM CASKS – FOR SALE, 250 Fine AMERICAN PETROLEUM CASKS – Apply Andrew Taylor, Paraffin Works, Uphall, by Bathgate.

      Glasgow Herald, 4th May 1866


      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.

      Edinburgh Gazette, 31st May 1867



      THE RAILWAY CHEMICAL WORKS, closely adjoining the Uphall Station of the Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway, belonging to the Sequestered Estate of Mr. Andrew Taylor, are to SELL or LET. The Works have been hitherto used for the refining of Paraffine, but are well adapted for carrying on other manufacture. They consist of Six Hydraulic and Two Screw Presses all fitted up for use. Cast-Iron Still and Pans built in. Three H.P. Engines and Two Steam Boilers, Two Steam Stills, Steam Pans, tanks, Drying Kiln. &c. The Ground, which is leased on a 29 years Lease, at an annual rent of £10, extends upwards of an Acre, and the Buildings, which are of Brick and Timber, include Counting-House, Weigh-House, Press-House, Mechanics' Shop, Store and Stable, Filter-House, Melting-House and Still-House. There is a Spring of excellent pure water on the Ground, and its close vicinity to the Railway Station renders it and eligible site for Manufacturing purposes. For further particulars application may be made to Mr. DAVID MARSHALL. C.A., 36 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, trustee of the Sequestered Estate; or to Mr. ROBERT AITKEN, Solicitor, Linlithgow.

      Scotsman, 15th June 1867