Bridgend Bing

Bridgend Bing is one the waste tips which serve as a reminder of the West Lothian oil shale industry. It lies on the north bank of the Haugh Burn, between the villages of Bridgend and Kingscavil. The bing was associated with the Champfleurie Oil Works, run by the Linlithgow Oil Company, which operated from 1884 but was wound up in 1904. Mining later continued supplying shale to the Philpstoun Oil Works, and the bing continued to grow until 1932. More recently the bing has been quarried with the burnt shale (or blaes) its contains being used as a low-grade fill material for the construction industry, as hardcore for roads, to surface tennis courts and running tracks. The bing was subsequently stabilised and partially restored to agriculture. It still covers an area of 12 ha (30 acres) and reaches a height of 24m (79 feet) above the surrounding landscape, or 125m (410 feet) above sea level.

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