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Polbeth from the air (geograph 3722468).jpg
An aerial view of Polbeth
Polbeth is located in West Lothian
Polbeth shown within West Lothian
OS grid reference NT025645
Civil parish
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district EH55
Dialling code 01506
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
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55°51′34.00″N 03°33′15.00″W / 55.8594444°N 3.5541667°W / 55.8594444; -3.5541667Coordinates: 55°51′34.00″N 03°33′15.00″W / 55.8594444°N 3.5541667°W / 55.8594444; -3.5541667

Polbeth is a former oil shale mining village located about a mile from West Calder, and not far from Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland.

Five Sisters[edit]

A mile to the west of the village are the Five Sisters Shale Bings, a local landmark (55°51′35″N 03°35′05″W / 55.85972°N 3.58472°W / 55.85972; -3.58472). The bings rise to a height of 720 feet (220 m), some 230 feet (70 m) above the surrounding area, and are the spoil tips from the oil shale industry that was a feature of the area.

Five Sisters Zoo Park[edit]

The Five Sisters Zoo Park (55°51′49.67″N 03°33′33.94″W / 55.8637972°N 3.5594278°W / 55.8637972; -3.5594278) is located on the edge of the village. Which has animals such as a lion and wolves.[1]

Polbeth Harwood Church[edit]


Harwood Church was one of two Church of Scotland churches in West Calder. The other was in Polbeth, and the two churches were amalgamated.

Worship in Polbeth took place in what previously had been the Engine House of Shale Pit 26. When mining ceased in the community the Engine House was converted into what is now known as Polbeth Hall. Worship took place here while the new church was being built.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-13. Retrieved 2015-03-13. 

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