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Report - Permanite, Matlock - September 2017

NickMarshall

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
Hi - first post here, so be gentle...

Even though I live around a mile away, this is my first visit here - although I've seen it crop up on a few sites.

There's no real interesting history to note, that I know of, so I've not done any research - just stating what I know. It formed part of the old Cawdor Quarry and was historically owned by Tarmac. They produced bitumen roofing products and such like here - it closed down some time in the last decade, I believe. It's situated in between Matlock and Oker and is beside the river Derwent.

This was a fairly short trip and my first venture into the world of Urbex - I'll admit it's quite a tame effort! I had my vehicle parked down a secluded lane, full of tools and towards the end of this set of pics, I heard a gang of lads approaching. I didn't really fancy hanging around a deserted building on my own, with a load of expensive gear - it's probably a favoured hangout for smackheads too. On that note, I cut my visit short. That said, there's not a huge amount more to see, but I could have got some elevated and more varied shots, given more time.

I know a lot of people don't like HDR and I've steered well away from it in my normal photography of late, but re-visited it for these. I kind of think it suits the theme. Hope they don't offend your eyes and give some interest.

Pics are in chronological order of my wander round

Thanks for looking and CC welcome

Nick

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NickMarshall

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#2
Hi guys - so, 3 days and 136 views, but apart from one 'like', not much interest or any comments. That's fair enough, I'm not going to be mardy about what people see fit to comment on. Just curious for any potential future reports, what folk would like to see different? A different style of photography, more history, a more interesting dialogue?? I'll have to admit, I've not got involved in other peoples reports yet, but will do. Pull this one apart if you like, I'm a big boy :thumb
 

dweeb

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Staff member
Moderator
#4
"Medicine" stole the show for me.

I guess it's a little empty. You've certainly documented what there was to see, but in answer to your question, if you'd have clicked on a report with similar content, would you have commented?

Stick at it, you'll no doubt find somewhere a little less stripped and you may get more feedback and general comments. We all have quiet threads mate :)
 

urbanchemist

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#5
Hi guys - so, 3 days and 136 views, but apart from one 'like', not much interest or any comments. That's fair enough, I'm not going to be mardy about what people see fit to comment on. Just curious for any potential future reports, what folk would like to see different? A different style of photography, more history, a more interesting dialogue?? I'll have to admit, I've not got involved in other peoples reports yet, but will do. Pull this one apart if you like, I'm a big boy :thumb
As a non-photographer my first reaction was to admire the quality of the pics, particularly the difference in ambience between BW and colour (I liked the doubling up!). Second reaction was to find out where Matlock is in case we are ever in the area...
 

NickMarshall

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28DL Full Member
#6
No need to be gentle...excellent set of pics. Only advice...don't double pics up...choose B+W or colour.
Thanks - I'll bear that in mind, although as primarily a photographer, rather than explorer, I like to show all my interpretations of a scene. Apologies if that makes it a bit tedious ;)

"Medicine" stole the show for me.

I guess it's a little empty. You've certainly documented what there was to see, but in answer to your question, if you'd have clicked on a report with similar content, would you have commented?

Stick at it, you'll no doubt find somewhere a little less stripped and you may get more feedback and general comments. We all have quiet threads mate :)
Thanks for your reply - points noted!

As a non-photographer my first reaction was to admire the quality of the pics, particularly the difference in ambience between BW and colour (I liked the doubling up!). Second reaction was to find out where Matlock is in case we are ever in the area...
Thanks - I suppose I've approached this forum more for the photography aspect, rather than the buildings themselves, but certainly enjoyed my look round. It's piqued my interest to go elsewhere - maybe not on my own though!
 

Salad_Dodger

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#8
I think I can add a little history around this site as I used to work just down the road from it in the late 80's

The plant made asphalt flooring blocks - these were mainly used to waterproof the floors of new buildings. For those of you old enough to remember old building sites, there used to be a huge tar boiler with the stirrer powered by a Lister donkey engine going 'put put put' all day while the asphalt blocks where heated to melting point and poured as a liquid onto the floor raft of the new buildings.This prevented ground level moisture seeping upwards.
Most of the residential properties built close to this site up until the late 80's used this method.
Also most of the original car park for the Westfield Centre in Derby was sealed and surfaced using materials from this plant.

Anyhoo - sorry to digress......

The plant took powdered limestone, from several of the local quarries and mixed it with hot bitumen emulsion that was brought down from the refineries of Ellesmere port - this being a by product of the fuel oil refining process.

Mixed the tar / limestone solution was poured into metal moulds on the floor of the big shed and allowed to solidify, then the back breaking process of manually separating and stacking the cooled blocks could begin.
I cant remember how many blocks were produced on each shift, but always remember the men that split and stacked these blocks worked incredibly hard.

During the late 80's part of the process was mechanised, from memory Permanite spent alot of money on a shiney new plant that would replace the labourers, but it kept breaking down.
Eventually the whole operation was sold to a firm called Ruberoid.

Hope this sheds some light onto what went on there......

With the impending building of 400 + homes on the old quarry site most of the other buildings have been flattened - although if anyone has photo's of these, I'm happy to have a look at them and add information if it helps maintain a record of what went in there....
 

NickMarshall

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#9
I think I can add a little history around this site as I used to work just down the road from it in the late 80's

The plant made asphalt flooring blocks - these were mainly used to waterproof the floors of new buildings. For those of you old enough to remember old building sites, there used to be a huge tar boiler with the stirrer powered by a Lister donkey engine going 'put put put' all day while the asphalt blocks where heated to melting point and poured as a liquid onto the floor raft of the new buildings.This prevented ground level moisture seeping upwards.
Most of the residential properties built close to this site up until the late 80's used this method.
Also most of the original car park for the Westfield Centre in Derby was sealed and surfaced using materials from this plant.

Anyhoo - sorry to digress......

The plant took powdered limestone, from several of the local quarries and mixed it with hot bitumen emulsion that was brought down from the refineries of Ellesmere port - this being a by product of the fuel oil refining process.

Mixed the tar / limestone solution was poured into metal moulds on the floor of the big shed and allowed to solidify, then the back breaking process of manually separating and stacking the cooled blocks could begin.
I cant remember how many blocks were produced on each shift, but always remember the men that split and stacked these blocks worked incredibly hard.

During the late 80's part of the process was mechanised, from memory Permanite spent alot of money on a shiney new plant that would replace the labourers, but it kept breaking down.
Eventually the whole operation was sold to a firm called Ruberoid.

Hope this sheds some light onto what went on there......

With the impending building of 400 + homes on the old quarry site most of the other buildings have been flattened - although if anyone has photo's of these, I'm happy to have a look at them and add information if it helps maintain a record of what went in there....
Thanks for your input :thumb
 

catbalou

off the wall
Regular User
#10
I agree with the 'don't double post photos' reply, but I hear what you are saying about that you approached the forum more for the photography aspect.. its good to mess about with photos and its fun! But people like to see what you've seen and see the place "as is" :-)
For me, this site has always been exploration first, photography second (but then, I'm biased as my pics are usually crap as I'm more about the explore and have never been a photographer, I just see it as documenting the explore... half the time I'm too busy wandering about and forget to get the camera out!).
I liked your photos though, it looks like a rather empty site with not much there, but you seem to have captured what you could from the place.
 

Wevsky

A Predisposed Tourist
Regular User
#12
I am going to have to ask,what processing have you applied to the shots.and to be honest we prefer more natural shots ,this kind of processing is going to get comments..the type you probably dont want
 

Oort

The Spice Must Flow.
Regular User
#15
Way to much fiddling in post for my liking, you had some nice shots before you over egged them.
 

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