Scottish shale Scottish shale

Fraser pit

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Fraser Shale
Current status of site:
Site landscaped and now woodland


Vertical shaft, 411 ft deep

Serving Westwood Crude Oil Works

One of a number of new shale workings begun immediately prior to World War Two, and the last shale pit to be sunk. Sited close to Baads No. 42 coal mine. The Fraser mine and bing site were subject of a land renewal project during the 1990's.

Shale-field: West Calder district.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1958, showing some surviving surface buildings from the closed Fraser Pit.

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 15097, showing workings in the Fraser Shale from Fraser Pit, abandoned in 1951.

  • Additional records
      • Oral history transcript: Mr A Balloch
      • Oral history transcript: Mr Richard Blake
      • Oral history transcript: Mr James Brown
      • Oral history transcript: Mr John Crombie