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Philpstoun No. 3 mine

Abercorn, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
Post 1885
Current status of site:
Rough ground in rural location


Inclined adit

Serving Philpstoun Oil Works

A short-lived mine - in the Fawnspark area.

Other than two "old shaft", Ordnance Survey maps show no trace of the mine, or of any tramway linking this to Philpstoun Oil Works (although the route of this might have subsequently been obscured beneath Philpstoun South bing). Similarly no trace remains on the ground, suggesting that substantial work was undertaken to return the site to agriculture on closure of the mine.

Shale-field: Champfleurie, Philpstoun and Blackness shale-fields.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1895, showing surprisingly little evidence of mine workings.

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 2869, showing workings in the Broxburn Shale from Philpstoun No. 3, abandoned in 1892.