Scottish shale Scottish shale

Limefield No.32 mine

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Dunnet Shale
Date of opening uncertain c.1880, abandoned c.1892
Reopened c.1900? and abandoned 1923
Current status of site:
Agricultural land; no surface features survive
Regional overview:


Vertical shafts?, subsequently inclined adits

Serving Addiewell Chemical Works

Workings in the Dunnet shale, associated with Polbeth No. 31 Pit. Following a period of closure, the mine was reconstructed and workings extended to exploit Dunnet Shale lying beneath the Charlesfield Estate.

Shale-field: Polbeth and Gavieside shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1895, appearing to show two abandoned shafts with headgear.

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  • Newspaper references
    • No.32 mine, Limefield has been abandoned, as it had become exhausted and the output, which had been retorted at Addiewell, has been replaced from other mines in the neighbourhood to which the men have been transferred. (December 1923).

      Scottish Oils Ltd, Managing Director's Monthly Report to the Board. (BP Archive No. 215662)

  • External references
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 2834, showing workings in the Dunnet Shale from Polbeth No. 31 and Limefield No. 32, abandoned in 1892
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 7791, showing workings in the Dunnet Shale from Limefield No. 32, abandoned in 1923
      • Agreement No. 417. Licence under the Explosives Act for a mixed explosives store at No.32 mine Limefield, April 1908. Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd; Inventory of Leases, Agreements &c. BP Archive 215854