Scottish shale Scottish shale

Handaxwood early pits

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
pre 1855
pre 1855
Current status of site:
Few traces remain, most areas subsequently developed
Regional overview:
Ironstone pits, Pits - pre 1855

Ironstone workings in the lands of Handaxwood. Numerous refuse heaps, marked on the 1855 OS map, presumably shallow pits and opencast workings to the Curdly Ironstone. These might be workings by the Wilsontown Iron Company in the early years of the 19th century.

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