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Lumphinnans Colliery

Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Lumphinnans Colliery

Classification Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Lumphinnans 11 And 12; Lumphinnans Xi & Xii; Peeweep

Canmore ID 131513

Site Number NT19SE 72

NGR NT 1620 9426

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Fife
  • Parish Beath
  • Former Region Fife
  • Former District Dunfermline
  • Former County Fife

Archaeology Notes

NT19SE 72 1620 9426


Location: Kelty

Previous Owners: Cowdenbeath Coal Company, taken over by Fife Coal Company in 1896

Types of Coal: House, Steam, Navigation, and ironstone

Sinking/Production Commenced: pre-1896

Year Closed: 1966

Year Abandoned: 1968

Average Workforce: 596

Peak Workforce: 764

Peak Year: 1947

Shaft/Mine Details: 2 shafts, No. 11 shaft 410m (NT 1620 9426), and No. 12 169m deep (NT 1618 9424) and sunk in 1924. New surface mine sunk in 1946 (see Lumphinans Mine).

Details in 1948: Output 1,050 tons per day, 262,500 tons per annum. 794 employees. Baum washer. Baths, canteen, first-aid. Electricity supplied from National Coal Board (NCB) Aitken power station [NT19SE 33]. Report 11-08-1948.

Other Details: Also known as the 'Peeweep'. Washery built in 1928, and baths in 1933. Transport reconstruction underground in progress in 1946, including the introduction of 2-ton drop-bottom mine cars and locomotive and direct-rope haulage. In addition, a new surface mine was being developed to replace No. XI shaft. Surface improvements included new car handling arrangements and a conveyor direct to the screening plant. Reconstructed continued by the National COal Board (NCB) in the 1950s.

M K Oglethorpe 2006.


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