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Redhouse No.1 coal mine

Livingston, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Hurlet Coal
c. 1907
Current status of site:
Remains of bing still apparent as an area of rough ground within a grazed field


Incline adit at a gradient of 1 in 3

Serving Seafield Crude Oil Works

A short-lived attempt to mine coal to fuel Seafield Crude Oil Works. The pools, quarry and irregular ground along the outcrop of the Hurlet Coal suggest earlier small-scale workings.

Shale-field: Cousland and Seafield shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1897, prior to development of Redhouse No. 1 Mine.

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      Boring operation have once more begun on Redhouse Farm. It is supposed that the Pumpherston Oil Company have taken over the mineral on that farm which belongs to Mr. Wood. It is hoped that boring will be successful, as it lies near to Blackburn and would cause a boom in the building trade again.

      West Lothian Courier, April 5th 1907


      Not many months ago the Pumpherston Oil Company acquired the lease of the coal fields of Redhouse and Murrayfield. Sinking operations have been actively carried on in the interval, and it is now announced that coal has been struck by a mine, and a beginning made towards and ultimate output of 500 tons per day.... It will form a convenient and cheap source of supply for the adjoining works at Seafield and Deans, and when the requirements of those two works, and of Pumpherston works, a few miles distant, are satisfied, the surplus will be sold, and thus further profit secured for the company.

      West Lothian Courier, 11th October 1907