Scottish shale Scottish shale

Crofthead No.5 & 6 pit

Alternative names:
Victoria pit
Whitburn, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
pre 1895

Coal pit in the lands of Eastfield to the Furnace coal at 25 fathoms, Shotts Laigh coal at 32 fathoms, Mill coal at 60 fathoms, Armadale Ball coal at 68 fathoms, and Crofthead Slatyband ironstone at 98 fathoms. No.5 shaft may have reused the shaft of Eastfield No.4 pit

  • Listed in the 1924 Colliery Year Book as employing 40 underground and 28 surface workers. Joseph, Dodd manager. Working (along with Crofthead No.7 pit), the Main, Ball, and Lower Drumgray seams, and ironstone.

  • Location of pit, and boundaries of the lands of Eastfield


    THE MARCH OF PROGRESS.--Just a week ago there was put into operation at Crofthead Colliery (Mr Peter Thornton's), a new coal cleaning and washing machine, supplied by Bell, of Wishaw. The removal of impurities from the various grades of coal is a most important matter, and to those coal-masters who are particular about having it thoroughly accomplished is sure to be a paying investment, and at the same time profitable to those who use the coal. In these days of keen competition the picking table and the draw washer are almost indispensable. We trust Mr Thornton's enterprise will be rewarded, and that our somewhat dull community will share in the success.

    West Lothian Courier, 8th October 1892


    A good deal of idle time is being ezperienced by the miners hereabout, and the prospect is not too bright. It is reported that Mr. Thornton is to re-open Victoria (No.5 of Crofthead Collieries) and introduce coal cutting machines.

    West Lothian Courier, 1st October 1909


    PITS CLOSE DOWN.—With the exception of clearing up operations, pumping, etc., work at Mr Peter Thornton’s Crofthead Collieries has entirely ceased, and preparations are being made to close down the North Pole and Victoria Pits. Fifty or sixty men are affected and some of those have already found work elsewhere, the likelihood being that gradually all the men will be absorbed into tho other pits in the district. Tho Crofthead pits for been going for long number of years, and the men are in hope that they will opened up again by some other firm. In the meantime, the workers’ houses at Eastfield Terrace belonging to Thornton have been taken over by Messrs Barr and Thornton, Ltd.

    Linlithgowshire Gazette, 19th October 1923


    CROFTHEAD COLLIERIES, FAULDHOUSE . IMPORTANT SALE of COLLIERY and ELECTRIC PLANT; 5 LANCASHIRE STEAM BOILERS, from 30 Ft by 8 Ft. to 24 Ft. by 7 Ft.; PAIR 16 In .COUPLED WINDING ENGINES, by Shearer & Pettigrew; 120 K.W. D.C. ELECTRIC GENERATING SET, 500 Volts. Coupled direct to Vertical Compound Self-Lubricating Engine; 4 D.C. GENERATORS, from 75 to 10 K.W. DROSS WASHING MACHINE , by John Bell, Wishaw, Capacity about 25 Tons per hour, with Silt Recovery Plant. COAL CLEANING PLANT. 12 HORZ. WINDING , DRIVING and HAULAGE ENGINES, from 16 In. to 10 In . Cylinders. HORZ. COMPOUND NON-CONDENSING DRIVING ENGINE, H.P. Cylindqr 12 In ., L.P. Cylinder 18 In. 20-TON HORZ. STEAM CRAB; ELECTRIC DOUBLE-DRUM HAULAGES , 20 and 10 H.P.; THREE 16 In "CLYDE" ENCLOSED ELECTRIC COAL CUTTERS, 500V DC ; ELECTRIC THREE-THROW, CENTRIFUGAL and STEAM PUMPS ; About 3000 YARDS RAILWAY SIDINGS- About 200 TONS F.B. and BRIDGE RAILS 14 and 16 lbs.per yard ; 30-TON BEAM WAGGON WEIGHING MACHINE; 5 CART , HUTCH and PLATFORM WEIGHING MACHINES ; ENGINEERING . SMITHY and SAW MILL PLANT; E.E . BOILER TANKS; CI and STEEL FLANGED PIPES. PITHEAD FRAMES, SCAFFOLDS and GANGWAYS; LARGE QUANTITY NEW and USED TIMBER; SCRAP COPPER, BRASS, C.I.., M.I . and STEEL SCRAP &c. At CROFTHEAD COLLIERIES, FAULDHOUSE. On THURSDAY. 28th February, and FRIDAY, 29th February 1924, Beginning each day at 11 o'clock prompt. SHIRLAW ALLAN & CO. Auctioneers, Hamilton, have received instructions from the Trustees of the late PETER THORNTON, Esq . Coalmaster, per Messrs Waddell M'cIntosh & Peddle W.S. 21 Melville Street Edinburgh; TO SELL BY AUCTION, as above. N.B . — The Exposers will load the Material on Railway Waggons Free of Charge . Particulars Afterwards . Catalogues from Auctioneers. Hamilton, February 1924 .

    The Scotsman, 13th February 1924