Touring listening bench sponsored by Friends of Historic Essex

Raphael Park

Welcome to the information page for our touring listening bench, which has been generously purchased by the Friends of Historic Essex.


This bench is currently located in Raphael Park, Romford, looking out over the lake. The clips feature information about the history of the park; memories of Romford; and some wintry recordings.

The bench will be at Raphael Park until the end of February 2018. Read more about the bench tours and see future venues.

Audio clips on this bench

History of Raphael Park (Button A Clip 1)

Did you know that Raphael Park has been open to the public for over 100 years? Hear more about the history of the park, from information provided by the Parks Team.

Memories of Romford Market (Button A Clip 2)

Douglas Brunwin shares his memories of cattle being driven to Romford market in the late 1920s. This is from an oral history interview recorded for the Essex Record Office in 1996. Read more about the interview on Essex Archives Online (SA 26/58/1).

Followed by Kenneth Alston, former Assistant Chief Constable with Essex Police, telling stories of run-ins with barrow boys in the market in the late 1940s. Read more about the interview on Essex Archives Online (SA 25/1/1/1).

'Owd Rat-Tayled Tinker' (Button A Clip 3)

Ballad sung in Essex dialect by J London of Collier Row, some time after 1920 (SA 24/221/1).

'Nature Trail: Winter' (Button B Clip 1)

Part of a BBC Essex programme about winter wildlife, part of their ‘Nature Trail’ series. This episode was first broadcast on 8 December 1995 (SA 1/1624/1).

Prim Coppin and the hard winter of 1947 (Button B Clip 2)

In this clip, Prim Coppin recalls the fun of playing in the snow in the hard winter of 1947, when she was growing up outside of Kelvedon (SA 44/1/12/1).

'Chinese Dance' from Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite' (Button B Clip 3)

This performance of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Chinese Dance’ was performed by the Essex Youth Orchestra at the Harwich Festival in 1981. Listen to more of the concert on Essex Archives Online (SA 10/1/1/19/1).

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