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Report - Rockwood Pigments Factory, Matlock Aug 2017

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by robmcc83, Nov 14, 2017 at 1:37 PM.

  1. robmcc83

    robmcc83 28DL Full Member
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    This is my third and final visit of the day i spent around this area.

    This one was a bit more special than the others as it had 2 mines within the place, one which i got a couple of pictures in but the other was a hidden one and was wet and also like a red clay type stuff that would of ruined my clothes lol.

    The explore was interesting with no bother at all (just like the other 2)

    A little history then onto the pics.

    Rockwood Pigments Factory is located under High Tor cliffs in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. The factory is now empty and faces an uncertain future. It is known as the High Tor Works.

    Originally called Viaton, it was originally established for mining iron ore but after this was worked out in 1850 the waterwheel was used to grind white lead. At the end of the century the Via Gellia Colour Company took over, installing a turbine to drive four pairs of Peak stones which for the next twenty years ground iron oxide. Then bone char, the waste product from sugar refining, was ground until the late 1960s. Later the site was used for blending pre-ground chemically-produced colour products for use in paving slabs and other cement products. Finally the site became part of the Rockwood group.

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  2. Dempsey

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    Could you make the photos a little larger please
     
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  3. robmcc83

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    What do you mean by larger lol
     
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    He's pulling 'yer chain lol

    Good effort all the same, the underground bit's look good :thumb
     
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    Almost dropped in here the other day, but heard that the mine had been resealed. Didn't know there were two! Nice report, especially the underground bits...
     
  6. robmcc83

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    Yeah one of them is hidden ;)
    Mine was open when I went couple of months ago.
     
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