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Polbeth No. 8 pit

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Fells Shale
Current status of site:
Rough ground and overgrown waste bing, sited within agricultural land
Regional overview:


Vertical shaft, 262 feet deep

Serving Addiewell Chemical Works

Substantial workings in the Fells Shale, ultimately linked to workings from Polbeth No. 20 Mine, and perhaps also Polbeth No. 7 Pit and Polbeth No. 10 Pit. Map evidence suggests that the pithead was dismantled some time before the abandonment of the workings.

Shale-field: West Calder area.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1895 showing the site cleared and only the shaft remaining.

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 4913, showing workings in the Addiewell or Thick Shale from Polbeth No. 8 Pit, No. 20 and Slant Mine, abandoned in 1906.