Mr Topping is engaged building a row of tenement house for the oil company to accommodate the miners wwo are to the employed at the Woolfords colliery. The work is rapidly pushing ahead.
Midlothian Advertiser, 27th July 1907
Information is now at hand from those fields that a pit has been sunk and coal reached at a depth of 23 fathoms, the seam four feet thick, and lying in good position. The importance of this latest development is apparent at a time when fuel is at such a high price, as it will permit the coal to be supplied to Tarbrax Works at cost price, with a trifling charge for railway haulage, and also to the oil works at Pumpherston........The Company has nearly completed two rows of modernly-equipped houses for the colliers, and when these are occupied, what has for a considerable period been an isolated moorland district of Midlothian and Lanarkshire will be supporting a very considerable industrial population.
West Lothian Courier, 11th October 1907