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Hopetoun No.44 mine

Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire and Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
Current status of site:
Buried beneath Greendykes bing
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Hopetoun Oil Works

A short-lived mine, also known as "Niddry Mine", exploiting Broxburn Shales from beneath Hopetoun Oil Works bing.

Shale-field: Broxburn district.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1916, showing No. 44 Mine in production and Hopetoun Oil Works bing encroaching from the north.

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  • External references
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 6612, showing workings in the Broxburn Upper, Main and Grey Shales from Hopetoun No.44 Mine, abandoned in 1916.
      • Agreement No. 449. Licence under the Explosives Act for a gunpowder store at No.44 mine, Hopetoun, October 1909. Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd; Inventory of Leases, Agreements &c. BP Archive 215854