Scottish shale Scottish shale

Polbeth No.10 pit

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Fells Shale
Current status of site:
Rough ground above Breich Water
Regional overview:


Vertical shaft, 171 feet deep

Serving Addiewell Chemical Works

A pit sited immediately across the road from Mossend Village, exploiting the Fells Shale. Latterly linked underground to Polbeth No. 7 Pit, and possibly also to Polbeth No. 8 Pit and Polbeth No. 20 Mine.

Shale-field: West Calder shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1895, showing a railway siding and small buildings associated with the site of No. 10 Pit.

  • Location & workings at Polbeth No.10 pit
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  • Detailed maps
  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 1777A, showing workings in the Thick Shale from Polbeth No. 7, No. 7½, and No. 10, abandoned in 1885.