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Arniston Colliery, Emily Pit

Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Arniston Colliery, Emily Pit

Classification Colliery (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 132482

Site Number NT36SW 42

NGR NT 3358 6198

NGR Description Centred on mining activity area

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Midlothian
  • Parish Cockpen
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District Midlothian
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT36SW 42.00 3358 6198

Re-numbered - originally mis-numbered as NT36SW 146

See NT36SW 42.01 3391 6142 Arniston Colliery, Gore Pit Coal Mine


Location: Gorebridge

Previous Owners: Arniston Coal Company

Types of Coal: Gas, House and Steam

Sinking/Production Commenced: 1858

Year Closed: 1962

Average Workforce: 980

Peak Workforce: 990

Peak Year: 1951

Shaft/Mine Details: 2 shafts, Emily 302m deep, sunk 1858, and Gore (NT36SW 42.01).

Details in 1948: Output 950 tons per day, 237,500 tons per annum. 964 employees. Norton washer [equipment for the wet cleaning of coal]. Baths, first-aid room, canteen. Electricity from SE Scotland Electricity Board. Report dated 15-07-1948.

Other Details: Emily dated originally from the 1860s, and its timber-lined shaft was 293m deep, said to be the deepest in Scotland at the time. Arniston Coal Company was established in 1874. The two pits (Emily and Gore) were subsequently known as Arniston Colliery. At one stage, Emily had its own power station. A re-organsisation was planned for the pit in 1948.

M K Oglethorpe 2006.


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