Permanite Asphalt, Cawdor quarry, Matlock, Recent years

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fridgemidge

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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."

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1980s
The mastic blocks seen on pallets
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1995
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The labs were set on fire on the afternoon of 21st April 2018
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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
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Burnt out offices. I think this happened shortly after the labs
49694513693_ce247e24e5_b.jpgIMG_20190420_153333 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
49695363982_c29a42659d_b.jpgIMG_20190420_153229 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
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Labs from above
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Offices from above
49695059506_7fefda1900_b.jpgIMG_20190420_152930 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
49701511973_a6189c5a75_b.jpg20180603_064200 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
Rails on 1st floor towards the lift
49695059616_4e6555d347_b.jpgIMG_20190420_152736 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
49694520283_8851438077_b.jpgIMG_20190420_152407 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
Top of the asphalt mixers or ovens?
49695059691_68d3489872_b.jpgIMG_20190420_152608 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
49701511078_ed8b866787_b.jpg20180817_231130 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
A hopper that feeds into a carriage which runs along rails to pour into the mixers
49695059691_68d3489872_b.jpgIMG_20190420_152608 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
49694520568_80e2f97d88_b.jpgIMG_20190315_232938 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
49695364992_08151c6d68_b.jpgIMG_20190420_152358 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
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Mouldings room
49702359472_b60e648e84_b.jpg20180603_063756 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
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A very chill pigeon
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More pigeons
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Starry nights graffiti
49695060076_a2d65e6d20_b.jpgIMG_20190315_233016 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
Coloquix
49701509538_72b4e52ce6_b.jpg20190215_215300 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
49702040151_e12951a964_b.jpg20190215_215027 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
49701511218_98617d7545_b.jpg20180817_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
49701510188_59a2ab1aef_b.jpg20190213_205628 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
VW polo breadvan rusting away in the woods
49702041086_8a2c42120d_b.jpg20190213_204344 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
49702357742_e19771bf77_b.jpg20190213_204451 by Fridge Midge, on Flickr
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Sorry about the blurry cat
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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
 

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Sweet lordy this place is right near me! Is there a way to get the location? I joined this site today and the excitement is real! :)
 

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Sweet lordy this place is right near me! Is there a way to get the location? I joined this site today and the excitement is real! :)

People dont generally just hand em out but 2 min on internet you should be able to find it!
Im amazed if its near you that you dont know of it anyway tbh
 

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I think I misread and thought it was in Ellesmere Port. I googled it before posting and could only find one of this name nowhere near me. Oh heck haha!
 

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I think security has tightened on the site since they started on a new housing estate on the other side of the quarry and its probably due for demolition soon
 

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I think security has tightened on the site since they started on a new housing estate on the other side of the quarry and its probably due for demolition soon
I have tried Googling this but it shows as the middle of a playing field. I’m not asking for the exact address but could you give me a clue?
 

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I think security has tightened on the site since they started on a new housing estate on the other side of the quarry and its probably due for demolition soon
You'd think, I live across the road. All they have done is put up a couple signs to threaten people with non existent 'cameras' although after watching videos I realised that many ladders and small metal walkways have been removed, indicating that they may tear it down soon. Only problem being it would take shed as all the roofing is asbestos and its extremely hazardous unless fully soaked in water before removal. Damn they was a long ass response, and I am very sorry!
 

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I was here a couple of weeks ago, just walked my disabled arthritic body through the front gate!
You have to watch out for uneven surfaces, open man holes and the curse of abandoned buildings, drugs paraphernalia but an interesting and very photogenic venue
This site is popular with drone enthusiasts, and I don't mean wimps like.me with my Mavic Air, I mean them bad ass fast ones lol ....very entertaining and some very talented pilots
 

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I was here a couple of weeks ago, just walked my disabled arthritic body through the front gate!
You have to watch out for uneven surfaces, open man holes and the curse of abandoned buildings, drugs paraphernalia but an interesting and very photogenic venue
This site is popular with drone enthusiasts, and I don't mean wimps like.me with my Mavic Air, I mean them bad ass fast ones lol ....very entertaining and some very talented pilots
Yeah it's always been a complete walk in, I can't believe they haven't flattened it tbh.
Met a "racing" drone crew at Collyweston bomb store recently, I was in disbelief how quick they actually are, especially when they took em past flat out at head height. Amazing bits of kit
 
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