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Pumpherston No.6 mine

Midcalder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
post 1907
Current status of site:
Woodland and open space. The brick foundation of the engine house survive
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Pumpherston Oil Works

A short-lived mine exploiting the Broxburn Shales. Two very substantial brick plinths survive, presumably the base of the haulage engine house, also a modest bing of waste shale. Trees and shrubs cover the site of the adit. Immediately to the north of the mine site, a number of reed beds were constructed c. 2000 as part of the remediation of the Pumpherston Oil Works site.

Shale-field: Pumpherston shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1895, prior to opening of mine.

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 5870, showing workings in Broxburn Lower, Big, Curly and Wild Shales, abandoned in 1912.