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Deans No.5 mine

Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Barracks Shale
Barracks and Dunnet Shale workings abandoned in 1912, Workings in Broxburn Shale abandoned 1931
Current status of site:
Landscaped open space
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Deans Crude Oil Works

A new mine established to serve the re-constructed Deans Crude Oil Works, driven through barren ground to exploit the Jubilee seam of the Pumpherston Shale lying beneath western Livingston. Modest workings in the Barracks and Dunnet Shales close to their outcrop appear to have been quickly exhausted.

A small area of the Barracks Shale to the west of the mine-head appears to have been worked during 1866.

Shale-field: Livingston and Deans shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1922, showing the mine in operation.

  • Location & workings at Deans No.5 mine
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  • Newspaper references
    • There is at the moment a third mine, No.5, also on Tailend Farm, which is being got ready in view of the new works presently being erected.

      West Lothian Courier, 3rd July 1908

  • External references
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 5791, showing workings in the Upper Dunnet or Pattison, Middle Dunnet, Lower Dunnet of Barracks Shale from Deans No. 5, abandoned in 1912
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 10627, showing workings in the Jubilee Shale from Deans No. 5, abandoned in 1931
  • Additional resources
    • Oral history transcript: Mr Robert McGechie