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Report - Stevensons Dyers Labs, Ambergate, February 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by J4M35_UK, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. J4M35_UK

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    I've not seen any reports from this bit before I don't think, it's the only remaining part of the factory in the Revolution's report that is any good any more and hasn't been knocked down. Stevensons Dyers set up this site in the late 19th century and peaked in the 1970's, when it was renowned for it's good working conditions. This building I estimate to be at the most 45 years old. Me and Andy (non-member) decided to pay a visit to check out this bit and see what was left of the factory (not much). The building's quite a nice little place to poke around, with some machinery left in it. It's a shame really that EVERY radiator has gone. The roof isn't bad either, but I'm more of an underground-type than a rooftoppist so my photos were rubbish :gay

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  2. jasonbourne

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    As someone who has only recently found this site I've never commented on any photos before but had to this time for the following reason:
    I used to work there!

    The lab in photos 6 & 9 on the first floor was used by a company called PPT (Precision Processes Textiles) as their Research & Development lab for developing chemical products for the textile industry.
    That's who I worked for actually in the lab in your photos, I worked off the bench on the left by the red fire ex sign on the wall.
    Seeing the fume cupboard again made me smile, I once set it on fire doing a reaction in a solvent that went tits up and had to blast it with a powder fire extinguisher, made a right flippin mess that I then had to clean up. Oh, the memories.......

    Also, nice shot of the wool top treatment range in the basement, I'd forgotten about the hours I spent working on that knackered old bit of kit, took me right back.

    Don't recognise the lab with the blue cupboard doors, I take it that must have been one of the Stevos labs on the bottom floor?

    Did you get to see if the chemical plant was still there?

    Anyway, cheers for posting them up, that's been a nice trip down memory lane for me has that.
     
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