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Thread: Permanite Asphalt, Cawdor quarry, Matlock, Recent years

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    Default Permanite Asphalt, Cawdor quarry, Matlock, Recent years


    The History
    Permanites Cawdor site was built in the 1960's to produce mastic asphalt in the form of flooring blocks and roof linings. Using bitumen brought in from Ellesmere port and limestone from the local Middle Peak quarry. The site closed in 2009 to relocate to Grangemill. Now known as IKO.

    A quote from a Facebook group:
    "Originally this was Permanite. Mastic asphalt is a mixture of bitumen with limestone grit and powder mixed at around 200c for about 5 hours. Run out hot by hand in metal buckets which weighted about 10 kilos empty they held a 25 kilo mass of boiling asphalt which the man would pour into moulds. A man would run out ( literally) 8.5 tonnes, after knocking up , palletising the days before 8.5 tonnes and laying the metal moulds.
    Brutal work my father did for many years sometimes completing 2 shifts in one day. Hot, dirty and hugely heavy work. It took a breed of hard men the like of which is no longer found.
    The men who could, and would, do this job were very well rewarded with , perhaps, 3 times the wages of other men."

    42405839_1083800408462014_2187852015550332928_n by Fridge Midge, on Flickr

    1980s
    The mastic blocks seen on pallets
    41915675_638177123249542_3867444365865517056_o by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    29665002_523161011417821_4269783641681854997_o by Fridge Midge, on Flickr

    1995
    20689711_1775552292458972_482278937885270490_o by Fridge Midge, on Flickr



    The labs were set on fire on the afternoon of 21st April 2018
    31131780_2047711715506410_3265340764724396032_o by Fridge Midge, on Flickr

    My explores
    Iv'e been nipping into here since 2017. I remember there was a German warehouse rave in 2018


    My mates landy and the burnt down labs
    IMG_20190420_153705 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20180603_065152 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr

    Burnt out offices. I think this happened shortly after the labs
    IMG_20190420_153333 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    IMG_20190420_153229 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    IMG_20190420_153200 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    IMG_20190420_153150 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    Labs from above
    IMG_20190420_152940 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    Offices from above
    IMG_20190420_152930 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20180603_064200 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    Rails on 1st floor towards the lift
    IMG_20190420_152736 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    IMG_20190420_152407 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    Top of the asphalt mixers or ovens?
    IMG_20190420_152608 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20180817_231130 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    A hopper that feeds into a carriage which runs along rails to pour into the mixers
    IMG_20190420_152608 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    IMG_20190315_232938 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    IMG_20190420_152358 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20190213_202758 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    Mouldings room
    20180603_063756 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20170405_220206 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20180603_063557 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    A very chill pigeon
    20190215_214705 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    More pigeons
    20180603_064140 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    Starry nights graffiti
    IMG_20190315_233016 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    Coloquix
    20190215_215300 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20190215_215027 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20180817_231036 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    A creepy one in the woods. Shallow grave, plastic tied to the trees and a bin bag full of rusty cans
    20190213_205628 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    VW polo breadvan rusting away in the woods
    20190213_204344 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20190213_204451 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    20190213_204526 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
    Sorry about the blurry cat
    IMG_20190315_234858 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr

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    Been climbing there loads of times but never actually took the time to explore the buildings.

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    Nice, Iv never bothered doing a report from here but its on my list
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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