Scottish shale Scottish shale

Forkneuk No.9 & 10 pits

Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
closed 1903? abandoned 1909
Current status of site:
Waste ground
Regional overview:


Vertical shaft (294 ft deep?)

Serving Uphall Oil Works

A substantial pit, exploiting Broxburn Shale from an area to the south west of the pit. Workings seem to have latterly been linked to those of Forkneuk No. 1 Pit and Forkneuk No. 38 Mine. Linked to Uphall Oil Works by a standard gauge mineral railway.

The pithead site lies in rough ground to the north of Rosemount Drive. The bing seems to have been been levelled and no trace remains of pithead buildings. The railway passing the pit site linked Uphall and Hopetoun oil works and closed in 1953.

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  • External references
      • 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.
      • Agreement No. 405. Licence under the Explosives Act for a gunpowder store at Forkneuk pit, December 1907. Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd; Inventory of Leases, Agreements &c. BP Archive 215854.