This former school swimming pool was built in 1904 and abandoned in 1997. I happened upon it randomly and had a hunch that there might be a swimming pool inside but didn't expect much given the state of the exterior. Well, it turned out to be pretty decent inside. Clearly nobody has been inside here for a very long time. The pigeons have set up shop and went absolutely bonkers when they saw me. They've really done a number on the place, or should I say a number two? It's pretty minging to be honest but at least there's no shitty graffiti or vandalism. This was a night visit so I had to light paint all my shots. I didn't do too badly considering but it would be cool to see it in daylight. Hopefully someone else will have a look soon.
This long curtain covered spectator seating for some reason
The floor up here was well dodgy, you can just about see some holes on the left of shot
Cheers for looking
Another explore from a massive backlog of explores! This one is from late January 2018; my first meeting with James Smith, having been talking on Facebook and Urbex Forums for practically ten years! Those who know me, know I have a love for older and retro vehicles. I had taken a drive to Derbyshire to pick up a spare Automatic Gearbox for my 1988 Volvo 240 as it was going cheaply and you never know! After collecting; I decided to give James a bell and he very kindly took me to some local sites!
Permanite Asphalt was incorporated in 1989 and later became known as Ruberoid; part of the IKO Group. According to Companies House, they were dissolved on 2 September 2016.
The pictured business in Matlock, manufactured Asphalt Products such as roofing sheets. It also involved the mixing of aggregate, bitumen and sand. Powdered limestone – which is still very much apparent, like a thick dust throughout the main tower. This Limestone was mixed with hot bitumen emulsion and poured into moulds before being left to cool.
The site was regulated by the local Derbyshire Dales District Council on the following conditions:
The heating of tar or bitumen is regulated under section 6.3 of the Environmental Permitting Regulations.
The following activities are regulated as Part B processes:
Heating, but not distilling, of tar or bitumen in connection with any manufacturing activity, or oxidising bitumen by blowing air through it, at plant where no other activities described in any Section in this Schedule are carried on. The undertaking of the activity must be likely to involve the use in any 12-month period of 5 or more tonnes of tar or bitumen or both in aggregate.
Originally, the site was part of the larger Cawdor Quarry complex. It is suggested that the factory closed sometime around 2009 but information is pretty thin on the ground.
Branston Pickle was made at this factory complex we see here in Burton Upon Trent, England 1920 and 1925 under Crosse & Blackwell and Rayon was produced here between 1927 and 1930.
The history gets more interesting though; originally conceived and built as the rather grand, National Machine Gun Factory, it was completed in November 1918. Of course; by then, the First World War was over and the factory was obsolete! There was no need for the production of these weapons to begin! So Pickle ended up being made here for a few years!
Come The Second World War; a major ordinance facility known as "The Branston Depot" was established here. This closed in 1961 and the operations moved down South to Bicester. Parts of the site were used up to about 1975, and bits have been demolished.
Other parts house a B&Q Depot, and a workshop which converts and coach builds Police and Prison Vans.
I apologise about the delay on this; it was shot back in New Year! I have been busy as always. The building is pretty bare and most of the cool, retro signage has been stolen. Not that I agree with it, but I suppose its better than it all being inevitably thrown away.
The clock was what redeemed this place, and we gave it a wind and set the time. Viola. I bet that confused the locals! It looked as if it had been wound a few times in recent weeks.
Well whos idea was it to sort an explore after a urbex/hip hop xmas doo emmmmm ??? Got a txt of Cloaked Up at 7am ( i didnt get in bed till 1am) f**k off was my reply ....ohhh comon Oldskool if you dont come out Critical Mess will cry was his reply , so up i got up climbed into the back off his car and woke up outside our first location two hours later ;-(
Now ill make no excuse for my wobbly photos or for the dust marks on the lens i could hardly stand up let alone operate a camera so here we go with Further Education
Thanks for looking Oldskool .......