Thursday, 8 March 2012


I live just up the road from here so each time I have half an hour free I nip up

Buxton Lime Firms (BLF)
The Solvay process (also referred to as the ammonia-soda process) is the major industrial process for the production of sodium carbonate and was developed by Ernest Solvay in the 1860s. The process uses salt brine either from inland sources or from the sea and limestone. Around 1874 John Brunner and Ludwig Mond established the Solvay process for the manufacture of soda ash at Northwich. Salt was readily available locally and limestone came from Derbyshire

Drive out of Buxton on the A6 (past the Morrisons) and a couple of minutes dwn the road you can't miss the imposing structure.

First building is a bunker type building.


Access is pretty simple as you can walk into all the buildings

The largest structure is massive Lime Kiln which is reminiscent of an temple



Further along are Hoppers

Thanks for looking

Rockwood pigments

Derp derp derp derp

I was driving through Matlock and spotted something interesting at the side of the road, It was a mine entrance just over the road but I only had the P7 with me and I wasn't going in unprepared

I walked back over the road and saw what looked like a big derp so decided to have a nosey

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.

On with the pics

Oh noes an epic spikey gate

The first yard

Stay safe people

Pikeys have removed most of the cables and fuses

The next shed

everything on this side was coated in red pigment

some machinery thing

Old fuse box that pikeys had ripped out

Storage shed with string, flags and chairs

Broken window

I honestly don't know how some people just do derps, it was pretty boring until I found the mine at the back of the yard, shame it's gated and locked up but I'll be back for that one

Holme Bank

Holme Bank chert mine was worked from c.1800 up to 1960. There are extensive workings, notable for the large packwalls used to support the roof after the chert beds had been removed. The last company to operate the mine (Smiths Runners) also manufactured davie blocks for building, and continued to do so on site up to about 1995. Much of the surface plant is still on site.

Thanks for looking :D


I was originally going to head down a mine but once again ended up in a drain XD

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Soloman's temple

I've been meaning to take the walk up to this for ages, as I had an hour free I decided to give it a whirl

Solomon's Temple, also known as Grinlow Tower, is a Victorian Folly near the spa town of Buxton in the Derbyshire Peak District.
It is said to have been built by Solomon Mycock in the 1890s, paid for by public subscription to provide work for the locally unemployed with assistance of the seventh Duke of Devonshire. The tower was restored in 1998 by public subscription.
The structure is a 20-foot-high (6.1 m), two-storey tower built on top of a Bronze Age barrow, sitting on top of a ridge at a height of 440 metres (1,440 ft) above sea level. From the open top of the tower there are good views over the town and the surrounding countryside and parts of the Peak District.

I went quite late in the day which wasn't the best idea in the world, I got to the folly as the sun was dropping below the horizon. I headed straight to the roof and the view over Buxton was pretty spectacular :)

As it was now getting dark I decided to head down only issue was I couldn't see the route to the bottom of the hill where my car was parked and ended up walking around for an hour until I found the car park :lol:

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Thursday, 15 December 2011

Boiler house - Harpur hill

I wasn't going to do a report on this but I have loads of pics so might as well.

This is pretty much all that is left of the Uni

University of Derby College, Buxton is located on Harpur Hill in Buxton, Derbyshire

Formerly known as High Peaks College, it became part of the University of Derby in 1998. The Harpur Hill Campus closed in 2006 as the University moved into their newly refurbished spa facilities at the Devonshire campus in the centre of Buxton.

I had just popped up from a prefab box drain which was devoid of features and decided to give this a shot.

This is behind the site that Harpur Hill university occupied, from the outside it looks to be three stories high but is filled with the incinerators with a ladder to the roof (which was really dodgy when I climbed it)

One of the big incinerators