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:

What Happened To Seaton Snook?

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.

For more, visit seatonsnook.com