Mid Breich

West Lothian

The middle of three small farms located between the River Almond and the Breich Water in West Lothian, Mid Breich lies within a post-industrial landscape, a mile (1.8 km) southeast of Blackburn and a similar distance north northwest of West Calder. This was once a centre of shale-mining activity, with oil extracted at the Hermand Oil Company's Breich Oil Works, located immediately to the east and waste still visible on the Mid Breich Bing beyond. Workers were accommodated in the Midbreich Rows, which were once located to the west of the farm. The oil works was relatively short-lived, operating between c.1886 and 1903 taking shale from nearby pits. The Westwood Caravan Storage Park now occupies the site. However shale mining continued at the Breich Mine (to the north of Mid Breich) between 1912 and the early 1960s. This was one of the first in the West Lothian shale-field to use electricity for winding and ventilation. The shale was taken to oil works at Seafield, and later Westwood, for processing.

A pair of 100kW wind turbines were installed on the Mid Breich Farm in 2015.

Confusingly, there is a village named Breich located 3¾ miles (6 km) to the southwest.

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