Scottish shale Scottish shale

Roman Camp No.1 mine

Uphall, Linlithgowshire
Local authority:
West Lothian
Seams worked:
Pumpherston Shale
Current status of site:
Waste land
Regional overview:


Inclined adit

Serving Roman Camp Oil Works

One of a sequence of steeply inclined mines following the outcrop of Pumpherston Shales along the western arm of the Pumpherston anticline.

The O.S. map appears to show an adit emerging from the western bank of the Caw Burn, crossing the steep valley on a trestle bridge to reach an elevated staging and screens from where shale could be discharged into standard gauge railway wagons. The range of buildings labelled "No. 3" seem likely to be associated with a shaft serving a parallel underground incline.

Substantial re-grading of the area has taken place since closure of the mine and little remains to mark the workings other that retaining walls built beside the Caw Burn.

Shale-field: Pumpherston shale-field.

Mapped by the Ordnance Survey of c.1917, showing site of Roman Camp No. 1 as "Mine".

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  • External references
    • Coal Authority Mine Abandonment Catalogue No. 6764, showing workings in the Jubilee, Maybrick, Curly, Plain and Wee Shales, abandoned in 1918.