Scottish shale Scottish shale

Stewartfield No.2 pit

Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Broxburn Shale
Prior to c.1895
Current status of site:
Site redeveloped for housing
Regional overview:


Vertical shaft, 12 fathoms deep

Serving - Uncertain, one of a number of early oil works in Broxburn? subsequently Broxburn Oil Works

The history of the shale workings in the Stewartfield area is unclear. It appears that Stewartfield No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 Pits were early, shallow shafts that were ultimately linked up underground. Stewartfield No. 1 and No. 2 Mines were subsequently developed, following the seam of Broxburn Shale from its outcrop close to Broxburn Oil Works, linking existing workings, and providing access to the most distant reserves.

Probably one of the early pits in Broxburn, on the doorstep of Stewartfield Rows.

Shale-field: Broxburn district.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1897, showing waste tip, but little other trace of the mine.

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    • Further research is required to ascertain whether the following relates to Stewartfield No. 2 Mine, or Stewartfield No. 2 Pit:

      • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 6303, showing workings in the Broxburn and Curly Shales from "Stewartfield No. 2, 3 and 4", abandoned in 1914.