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THE BECKENHAM PLACE PARK SOUNDWALK

Soundlab presents:
The Beckenham Place Park Soundwalk

SoundLab has created a free app to take you on an immersive soundwalk around Beckenham Place Park. It is based on stories gathered and shared by locals.

BPP Soundwalk App
Download the app free from the Google Play Store and iTunes.
Featuring:
  • 9 sonic memories of Beckenham Place Park
  • Interactive buttons to control the audio players
  • Automatic triggering of audio using GPS
  • Free download
  • How-to-use audio instructions on the Mansion button
  • Help and credits sections
  • Beautiful bespoke design
  • Seekable playbars
  • Directions to each stage of the walk

Get it on Google Play
 
Get it on the App Store
MAKING THE APP

WORKSHOPS

Soundlab built the app and created the compositions but the material used as it's basis these was gethered by volunteers at two workshops at The Mansion. Our volunteers are listed here.

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
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Workshop2
Workshop3
Workshop4

WALKING THE WALK

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.
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Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3


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.

  1. 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 Sussex.
  2. Celtic villagers would have worked farms and used the streams that run through the park such as the Ravensbourne.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Beckenham Place would have seen fox hunts and the pursuit of game in the nineteenth century and was surrounded by beautiful countryside.
  6. 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".
  7. 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.
  8. 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!
  9. 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 stands.
  10. Many of Beckenham's street names and even older trees date from the Cator times.
  11. The Cators put money and land aside for schools, church building and poor housing.
  12. The Mansion was used as a rehab clinic for alcolholics and drug users at the start of the twentieth century.
  13. Italian prisoners of war were camped in the parkland where they grew their own vegetables.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?

ABOUT

CREATION

The SoundLab is:

  • James C. Wilkie - composition, writing & workshop facilitaing
  • Daniel James Ross - composition, code & workshop facilitaing
  • Elena Terrones-Huet - design, photography & animation

WITH THANKS

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.

Some of our Amazing Volunteers
OUR SPONSORS

We would also like to thank our sponsors: Lewisham Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Santander, and Goldsmiths University.

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GET IN TOUCH

FIND THE PARK

You can find us at The Mansion

Address:

The Mansion
Beckenham Place Park,
Beckenham
BR3 1SY

Email: soundlab@bppsoundwalk.org