Scottish shale Scottish shale

Easter Breich No.1 & 2 pits

Livingston, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Fells Shale
Current status of site:
Woodland with remains of bings and irregular ground. The "office" building survives
Regional overview:

Easter Breich No.1&2.jpg

Vertical shafts: No.1; 222ft (37 fathoms), No.2; 156 ft (26 fathoms)

Serving Breich Oil Works, previously the shale was sold to other companies

Thomas and James Thornton seem to have started mining at Easter Breich in c.1878, supplying shale to Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company and probably other oil companies. Following creation of the Hermand Oil Company Ltd, of which James Thornton was a director, output from Easter Breich was transported to Breich Oil Works by a tramway running parallel to the West Calder loop line. Houston Coal was worked at the nearby Easter Breich Coal Mine.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1897 appears to show the pits in a derelict condition.

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