Scottish shale Scottish shale

Deans No.2 mine

Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
Post 1885
Last worked c. 1891
Current status of site:
Within Deans North industrial estate; no surface features remain
Regional overview:


Inclined shaft

Serving Deans Crude Oil Works

NOTE: There is some evidence that "Mine No. 2" and "Mine No. 3" may have been incorrectly labelled on the 1897 O.S map, and that No. 2 should be labeled as No. 3 and vice versa. Until further evidence comes to light however, it is assumed that the labels on the OS map are correct.

The early history of the Deans mines remains unclear. The second edition OS map (c.1897) clearly labels an area of derelict ground as "Mine No. 2". Within this area, a feature immediately south of the tramway seems likely to present a mine entrance. Mine plans show there were two mine entrances to the Broxburn Shale from this site,and also one or two shafts to the Broxburn Shale slightly to the north.

Shale-field: Deans shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1897, showing a disused and mostly cleared mine site, with adit entrance? beside tramway.

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 4940, showing workings in the Stanley, Dunnet and Pattison Shales from Deans No. 1, No. 2, Caputhall, abandoned in 1906.