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Cobbinshaw South No. 1 pit

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Raeburn Shale
Current status of site:
Moorland with traces of earthworks
Regional overview:


Vertical shaft

Serving Cobbinshaw South Oil Works

In c.1870 the West Calder Oil Company Ltd sub-let rights of the north-eastern part of the Cobbinshaw shale-field to the South Cobbinshaw Oil Company (a partnership of Jonathan Hyslop, Hugh Rose and James Falshaw) who mined shale to supply Cobbinshaw South Oil Works

Surviving mine plans are ambiguous, but suggest extension of workings northwards, beyond the extent shown on the Underground Workings map below. Other plans also show two unidentified shafts to the Raeburn shale (marked on the Map below).

Shale-field: Cobbinshaw shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1895, showing probable site of No. 1 immediately north of the railway siding.

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