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Baads No.15 pit

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale, Houston Coal
Abandoned about 1883?
Current status of site:
Substantial waste bing (merged with the bing of Baads No. 17 Mine) set within agricultural land

Baads 15 pit.jpg

Vertical shaft, about 100 fathoms deep to the Fells shale

Serving Addiewell Oil Works

Workings in the Fells Shale and a small area of Broxburn Shale, linked by cross-cut mine to the workings of Baads No. 22 Pit. Houston Coal was also worked. The mine was served by a standard gauge mineral railway to Addiewell Chemical Works. The substantial pithead complex included two shafts; it is unclear whether shale and coal were serviced from different shafts. The British Geological Survey plan shows that Broxburn Shale was last worked in 1881, and Houston Coal in 1883..

  • Location & workings at Baads No.15 pit
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  • Official references
    • The Fells Shale was extensively worked at No.15 pit, situated 400 yards to the North West of Baads, which was sunk 150 fathoms to the Broxburn Shale, and a level cross-cut mine was driven at this depth to the Fells Shale. This shaft passed through the (Blackbrae) fault.

      British Geological Survey, 1906

  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 1777, showing workings in the Houston Coal and oil shale from Baads and Harwood, abandoned in 1885.