Scottish shale Scottish shale

Fivestanks mine

Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Raeburn Shale
Current status of site:
Re-developed for housing in Carledubs Avenue
Regional overview:


Inclined adit at a gradient of 1 in 3.5

Serving Broxburn Oil Works

A very short-lived mine "troubled by wants" - the disappearance of a seam of productive shale. Linked to Broxburn Oil Works by standard gauge mineral railway.

Shale-field: Broxburn district.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1953, showing mine waste tip and a building, perhaps remaining from the mine.

  • Location & workings at Fivestanks mine
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  • Detailed maps
  • Drawings
  • Newspaper references
    • In this district the Raeburn shale was at some time worked open-cast to the south of Fivestanks, many years ago.

      Geological Survey wartime Pamphlet No.27 Oil-Shales of the Lothians: Area 2 – Pumpherston, 1942

  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 7202, showing workings in the Raeburn Shales from Fivestanks Mine, abandoned in 1920.