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Straiton No.3 pit & No.3 mine

Former parish and county:
Parish of Liberton, Edinburghshire
Local authority:
City of Edinburgh
Seams worked:
Dunnet Shale
No. 3 Mine closed pre-1897, No. 3 Pit abandoned 1900
Current status of site:
Car parking area of retail park
Regional overview:


Inclined adit, vertical shaft

Serving Pentland Paraffin Oil Works

Straiton No. 3 Pit and an earlier No. 3 Mine, located close to Straiton Oil Works and Refinery and identified on a mining plan.

See Pentland No. 1 & No. 2 Mines for an overview of shale mining in the Straiton area.

Shale-field: Burdiehouse and Straiton shale-fields.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1894, showing No. 3 Pit as "shaft" and the site of No. 3 Mine as "old shaft".

  • Location & workings at Straiton No.3 pit & No.3 mine
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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 5913, showing workings in the Dunnet, Broxburn and Fells Shales from Straiton No. 3, 4, 7, 8; Mortonhall No. 9, 10, Pentland No. 1 , 2 and Oakbank, abandoned in 1900.