Scottish shale Scottish shale

Handaxwood unidentified pit 5

West Calder, Midlothian
Local authority:
West Lothian
Current status of site:
No surface traces remain

Mine in the lands of Handaxwood to Curdly Ironstone

"A mine was driven about the year 1870 from the right bank of the Breich Water, a little above Breich Bridge, presumably to catch the seam to the dip of the old workings, but, although it reached a bed of "Curdly ball ironstone," the workings only continued a few months."

Geological Survey; Special reports on the mineral resources of Great Britain Vol XI; The Iron Ores of Scotland, 1915

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