Scottish shale Scottish shale

Torbanehill No.20 pit

Bathgate, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian

A pit in the lands of Torbanehill. Seemingly one of a dozen or so small scale pits that were worked briefly during the 1880's to extract remaining pockets of Boghead Gas Coal, close to its outcrop.

  • The 1886 List of Mines records Torbanehill No.20 pit to the Torbanehill coal, owned by Robert. R. Horne. Worked by the longwall method employing 5 men on the surface and 10 underground, shared with No.21 pit, having a downcast shaft 4' x 4', 24 fathoms deep and an upcast shaft 4' x 2½' . A non-fiery mine, naturally ventilated, but noted as abandoned.

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