At Hopetoun the vertical retorts were stopped last month; and now the company's retort plant is all of the most modern and approved description, consisting entirely of the Pentland and Henderson retorts, the two best which have been yet devised.
AGM of Young's Paraffin Light & Mineral Oil Company Ltd reported in Glasgow Herald, 18th June 1885
HOPETOUN OIL WORKS.
Operations are going on apace in connection with alterations at Hopetoun Oil Works. Quite a number of labourers are engaged making the haulage road for the new spent shale bing, and it is expected that a new bench of retorts will soon be ready.
West Lothian Courier, 30th November 1906
Young's Company is making rapid progress with its extension of plant at Hopetoun, Niddry. Mining operations have begun and a new mineral railway to Niddry will soon be busy.
West Lothian Courier, 15th March 1907
BOON TO OIL WORKERS
A further step to improve the working conditions of their employees was taken by the Scottish Oils Limited, when new workmen's baths were opened at the Hopetoun Oil Works, Niddry, West Lothian. The baths are fitted with sprays in 160 cubicles, and a mess room and ambulance room. Seventy-live per cent of the workers used the baths during the first day. The innovation costs 4d per week to those workers over 21 and 3d to others.
Midlothian Advertiser 28th April 1939
OPENING OF NEW BATHS AT NIDDRY.
The Scottish Oil Coy., Ltd., have been supplying their workers all over the area with baths, and last week the subsidiary company. Hopetoun Oil Co., opened their baths at Niddry. These baths are situated near the works, and from them beautiful view may be obtained of the surrounding countryside. At one time the Rows were in the immediate vicinity, but demolition has taken place, and the populace has been housed in the new housing scheme at Millgate. They are similar to the baths recently erected at Winchburgh. and should prove as great a boon to the workers, who are taking full advantage of them. When the men arrive for their work, they place their clothes in a locker's and don suitable working garments. When they return at the end of their shift their clothes are placed in another locker, and they proceed to cubicle, which has spray at different temperatures. A system of heating has been introduced, which dries the clothes in the locker. The foremen, if they so desire, can indulge in a hot bath, as two large baths have been installed. For those who reside at a distance, there is a large room with seating accommodation, where the men may take their mid-day meal. In case of accident there an ambulance room fitted with the necessary equipment, and the company, in making the various appointments to the baths, have engaged men with ambulance experience. The weekly cost to the workers is fourpence, and to the boys threepence.
Linlithgowshire Gazette, 19th May 1939