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Hopetoun No.4 mine

Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire and Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
Opened 1881, closed 1890
Re-opened 1933, closed 1944
Current status of site:
Returned to agriculture with no trace of mine features
Regional overview:


Inclined adit at 1 in 3

Serving Hopetoun Oil Works

Short-lived workings in the Broxburn Shale, subsequently re-opened in advance of World War Two.

Shale-field: Broxburn district.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1897, showing derelict mine site with entrance to adit.

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 13763, showing workings in Broxburn Main, Upper and Grey Shales, from Hopetoun No. 4 abandoned in 1944.