Welcome to Seaton Snook
Seaton Snook was an English village on the County Durham coastline. It was adjacent to Seaton Carew, my hometown. However, until three years ago, I had never heard of it. As a child, I had played on the sand dunes and marsh flats where it once stood, but with absolutely no awareness that the site on which I and my friends would run around, was once a thriving community of fishermen, blacksmiths, teachers, preachers, seacoalers, murderers, lovers, musicians and magicians. There was once a church, a school, a fairground, a railway station, an Air Force base…
Then, in 1968, it vanished.
I am constructing an archive of sounds from and about this mysterious town, and in doing so will attempt to answer the question:
The ever-growing archive will become available online in the coming months, but below is a selection of files already uncovered:
I Can Hear A Siren -traditional Seaton Snook folk song
Chorale to Commemorate the Construction of the New Houses at "Pity Me", Seaton Snook (1911). Composer unknown.
Waltz of the Graces (1925) - written for the Seaton Snook carnival by local composer Gaynor Leigh (1893-1957)
The same track, turning up on 90s TV magazine show Look At Brookwood's piece on the Woking Carousel Museum.
49b Accident (1968) - field recording of a major accident at the Zinc works, from the archive of Mrs Agatha Pilkington (19??-1970)
No Person Should Starve in a Good, Compassionate Country (2018) by Peter Falconer, featuring the voice of a Seaton Snook seacoaler.