Scottish shale Scottish shale

Northrigg No.2 pit

Alternative names:
Torbane No.2
Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian

Pit in the lands of Torbane, sunk on the site of Torbane No.2 pit, with workings linked underground to Northrigg No.7 pit. Total depth 381ft

  • Location map and boundaries of the lands of Torbane


    New Pumping Engine Started. —Sunday was a day of great interest at No. 2 Pit, Northrigg Colliery (Jas. Wood, Ltd.) when a powerful pumping engine was set in motion. In opening up this colliery, which is on the Torbane estate, a large amount of water has to be contended with, and in order to cope with this the large direct pumping engine that used to pump the water from No. 8 of Hopetoun was taken down and refitted at the new colliery, and is expected to throw about 300 gallons a strike. There was a large crowd on the scene to see the engine started. When the water is got out it will drain a large field and open up a considerable coal area, which will afford employment to many miners.

    West Lothian Courier, 15th February 1901


    The United Collieries Company driving economy to a fine point. On Monday, after making proper arrangements, they started to take the coal of No. 7 Pit of Northrigg Colliery (Torbane) out by No. 2 (Torbanehill). thus saving the cost of a bottomer, and pitheadman, perhaps

    Linlithgowshire Gazette, 10th July 1908



    To-day No. 2 and No. 7 Pit.. Northrigg, Armadale, belonging to the United Collieries, Ltd., will close down for an indefinite period. The pits gave employment to 300 workers, and of thus number 200 are resident in Armadale and district, 75 in Whitburn and 25 in Bathgate. Pumping operations after Saturday will cease, but every precaution, we are informed. will be taken to ensure that the pits will not be flooded. - Mr Findlay, general manager, explained to a press representative that owing to the industrial upheaval last year the corporations and railways in Scotland and England had bought in or contracted for foreign coal, and would not be in the market for home production until September or October. We are fighting keenly for markets lost during the strike. In the proces they were faced with periods when not a single order was coming in, end this necessitated putting men on short time. It was with a view to, as far as possible, keep men steadily at work that it had been decided until brighter times come to closedown No. 2 and No. 7 Pits, Northrigg. The workers in these pits, it was hoped, would be absorbed in the other pits. Of course, as Mr Findlay remarked, this could not be done at once. It took time to make arrangements. He hoped, however. ere the end of May to have all the workers engaged in other pits. There was plenty of coal in No. 2 and 7 pits, and while pumping operations were meantime going to be suspended every precaution would be taken against flooding. The moment brighter signs were showing in the coal industry the pits would be reopened. There was no intention, he said, of wrapping the pits.

    West Lothian Courier, 6th May 1927


    The first case concerned Robert McPhee (26) and William Johnston (22), both in custody, and they admitted having on 11th May stolen 56 lbs. of scrap copper and brass from the disused pithead at No. 2 Northrigg Colliery, Armadale. McPhee admitted a previous conviction. The Fiscal, Mr P. F. Hamilton, said the scrap had been lying at the colliery ready for removal. The accused had removed it, and sold it in Glasgow. McPhee said they had taken the scrap out of a dump about 50 yards away - from the building. They did not think it belonged to anybody.

    West Lothian Courier, 21st May 1954