Welcome to seatonsnook.com. I am Peter Falconer. I am a sonic journalist based in the UK, documenting sounds from places and events all over the world. (What Is Sonic Journalism?)
Up until recently I had worked either on sites currently in use - such as the Mandrake Fields Meditation Park↗̱ in Stockton, California - or on subjects with a well documented and widely accepted history - including my project on the manufacture of Aspirin↗̱.
Yet it was in a return to the area in which I grew up, that I found the most uncertainty and mystery.
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.
This site is an archive of sounds from and related to the area, as I try and uncover the history of this forgotten town, and hopefully answer the question: