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Muirhall No.16 coal mine

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Hurlet Coal
Current status of site:
Rough grazing, with traces of railway embankment still evident
Regional overview:


Inclined shaft

Serving Addiewell Chemical Works

A mine to a small reserve of Hurlet Coal, also exploited from Muirhall No. 19 Pit.

Shale was worked from Muirhall No.18, which was listed as abandoned on 21st July 1875. The precise location of this pit or mine is not known.

Shale-field: West Calder shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1895, showing only the earthworks of the railway that served the mine.

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      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 816, showing workings in the Hurlet Coal from Muirhall No. 16 and No. 19, abandoned in 1877.
      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 189, showing workings in the Houston Coal from Addiewell or Muirhall, abandoned in 1874.