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Cuthill No.24 coal mine

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Hurlet Coal
Abandoned 1882 or 1887
Current status of site:
Bing remains as rough ground within an area of grazing
Regional overview:

Cuthill No.24 pit.jpg

Mineral Statistics for 1883 records Cuthill No.24 mine, owned by Youngs PL&MO Co. manager Jas Prentice, working the Hurlet Coal by the longwall method, employing 6 on the surface and 27 underground, with a downcast shaft 10' x 6' and 980 ft deep, and upcast 12' x 5' and 66 ft deep. It was a non-fiery dip mine.

No. 24 Mine (presumably known as Cuthill No. 24) had an inclined shaft at an angle of 1 in 2.5 to access a small reserve of Hurlet Coal, which presumably was used to fuel boilers at Addiewell Chemical Works. A small gorse-covered bing remains, along with faint earthworks marking the route of a siding from the Caledonian Railway West Calder Loop Line

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    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 2127, showing workings in the Hurlet Coal from Cuthill, abandoned in 1887.