How-to-use audio instructions on The Mansion button
Help and credits sections
Beautiful bespoke design
Directions to each stage of the walk
MAKING THE APP
Soundlab built the app and
created the compositions but the material used as it's basis these was
gathered by volunteers at two workshops at The Mansion. Our volunteers are
The first workshop took place
on Saturday 1st July 2017. It introduced the volunteers to field
recordings and taught them how to make their own using audio recording
equipment. The second workshop, the following week, saw the volunteers using
their new recording skills to interview each other and park-goers about their
experiences of the park.
Here are some photos from our workshops Click
on the images to make them larger.
WALKING THE WALK
When going on the soundwalk,
directions to each stage will automatically pop-up on your smartphone. The
stages will be marked by the posters below. New audio tracks should be
triggered automatically at each stage. Please bare in mind, however, that GPS
is not always reliable. If sounds don't trigger automatically you can always
use the buttons on the app.
Here are the signs you will find along the
walk. Click on the images to make them bigger
DID YOU KNOW?
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BPP
Here are some fun facts you may not know about
Beckenham Place Park compiled by local historian, Rod Reed.
In the first century AD you would have seen Roman cavalry and
soldiers on the Roman military road running between the Mansion and
Foxgrove Road linking London to the foundries of the Lewes area in
Celtic villagers would have worked farms and used the streams that
run through the park such as the Ravensbourne.
The Cator family lived at Beckenham Place. Their ancestors were
brought up as Quakers and made the successful journey from persecuted
religious minority to Lords of the Manor of Beckenham.
John Cator was unseated as MP for Ipswich on account of bribery - an
early expenses scandal! However, he twice more represented
constituents elsewhere in Parliament.
Beckenham Place would have seen fox hunts and the pursuit of game in
the nineteenth century and was surrounded by beautiful countryside.
The famous lexicographer, Dr. Johnson, described Beckenham Place
as "one of the finest places at which I was ever a guest and where I
find more and more hospitable welcome".
The Cator family cashed in on the nineteenth century national
railway boom and the popularity of the recently re-located Great
Exhibition at Crystal Place by selling off land for a profit, allowing
railways through the area.
There was a strict initial agreement that trains could only stop at
Beckenham between 1.30pm and 2pm on Sundays "to prevent annoyance to
his estate and other evil consequences to himself and others". It
was designed to stop day trippers to Beckenham!
The Mansion has an important link with the Tate Gallery as the Cator
timber merchants were based on the site where the Tate Modern now
Many of Beckenham's street names and even older trees date from the
The Cators put money and land aside for schools, church building and
The Mansion was used as a rehab clinic for alcolholics and drug
users at the start of the twentieth century.
Italian prisoners of war were camped in the parkland where they grew
their own vegetables.
Beckenham Place Park is closely associated with the founder of the
RHS as John Cator's father-in-law was Peter Colinson, who was a well
known Quaker plant hunter and who left an horticultural library of
information to the Cators. The library covering many subjects was
organised by Dr. Johnson.
David Bowie carried our rehearsals for his Arts Lab project in the
1960s and would escape into Beckenham Place Park when fans gathered at
his door in Haddon Hall, Southend Road. This was around the time he
became an international star with Ziggy Stardust.
A large house from the Elizabethan period was noted at Stumps Hill
possibly under the current house or under the car park.
WHO MADE IT?
The SoundLab is:
James C. Wilkie - composition, writing & workshop
Daniel James Ross - composition, code & workshop
Elena Terrones-Huet - design, photography &
Special thanks is due to Syndey Thornbury, Tilly Fowler, and the Copeland
Estate for their vital support behind the scenes.
OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS
These are the people that made the project more than just a
soundwalk. Their time, dedication and enthusiasm shaped it into a
unique community experience.
In no particular order, we would like to thank: Carol Ann Waters,
Cherrill Hicks, Chris Crouch, John Ashbridge, Simon Brand, Sally
Cinnamon, Joe Flanagan, Michael Flanagan, Richard Bentley, Sharon
Williams, Fiona McLean, Jane Howard, Glenys Crane, Ian Smith, Trudi
Bosberry and especially Tracy Bently.
We would also like to thank our sponsors: Lewisham Council, Heritage
Lottery Fund, Santander, and Goldsmiths University.
GET IN TOUCH
FIND THE PARK
You can find us at The Mansion
Mansion Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham BR3