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Philpstoun No. 4 (grey) mine & quarry

Abercorn, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Grey Shale, Broxburn Shale
Post 1896
Current status of site:
Wooded waste land, with route of mineral railway and some rock faces still exposed


Open cast

Serving Philpstoun Oil Works

An unidentified open cast working, and possibly a mine, about 300m south west of Philpstoun No. 4, and developed following closure of that mine. Linked to Philpstoun Oil Works by a mineral railway that also served Philpstoun No. 2, 3, 4 and other mines in the area.

A wooded ravine following the route of the mineral railway remains to mark the site of shale workings, with walls of shale exposed at some places. It appears that the ground has been substantially rearranged with waste material used to backfill old workings.

Until other evidence arises, we will refer to these workings as Philpstoun No. 4 (Grey), as workings with this title are listed in the Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue.

See story - Bridgend's shale canyon

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 5790, showing workings in the Grey Shale from Philpstoun Grey No. 4, abandoned in 1912.