Scottish shale Scottish shale

Forkneuk No.1 & 2 pits

Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
Closed 1885, Abandoned 1886
Current status of site:
Rough grazing; no trace of surface features survive other than subsidence
Regional overview:


Vertical shaft

Serving Uphall Oil Works

An early pit, closed in 1886, but subsequently linked to the workings of Forkneuk No. 9 & 10 Pits, to the south, and Forkneuk No. 38 Mine to the north. Linked by standard gauge railway to Uphall Oil Works.

The pit site lies within a grazed area pock-marked with subsidence. No trace remains of any pithead buildings.

Shale-field: Broxburn District.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1895, showing no trace of the pit.

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  • External references
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 1870, showing workings in Broxburn Shale from Forkneuk No. 1, abandoned in 1886.
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 5316, showing workings in Broxburn, and Upper Grey Shales from Forkneuk No. 1, 9, 10, & 38, abandoned in 1909.