Scottish shale Scottish shale

Carledubs mine

Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
Current status of site:
Wasteground with shrubs. The site has been leveled and no trace remains of surface structures
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Broxburn Oil Works

Two adits driven into the Broxburn Shale heading to the south and east of the mine head. The shale was transported to Broxburn Oil Works by standard gauge mineral railway.

The 1" "popular" OS map published c.1926 map appears to show a tramway running north from Carledubs towards Wyndford, crossing the Ecclesmachan to Greendykes road by a bridge. Sketch maps in the British Geological Survey collection show an adit at Wyndford, dipping east into the Broxburn shale. This is assumed to represent an extension of workings from Carledubs.

Shale-field: Broxburn district.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1897, showing adit and surface buildings.

  • Location & workings at Carledubs mine
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  • Newspaper references
    • The above expenditure has chiefly been incurred in opening up Carledubs Mines, near Uphall Church, at the extreme west of the company's mineral field, and in making a railway 1.5 miles in length, to connect these mines with the works.

      11th AGM of the Broxburn Oil Co, reported in the Glasgow Herald, 8th May 1888


      As we do not consider it would pay to re-open Carledubs Mine, the plant is being removed and will be used at other places. (May 1924).

      Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board (BP Archive No. 215662)

  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 7523, showing workings in the Curly and Grey Shales from Carledubs Mine, abandoned in 1922.