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SOUND MAP RECORDINGS: INTRODUCTION AND GENERAL SOUND MAP

This page introduces the collection of sound map recordings and lists all the areas covered by the daytime sound map. No recordings are linked to directly from this page. The other sound maps on the London Sound Survey are as follows:

Waterways sound map: around 130 recordings made exclusively along London's canals and minor rivers.

Thames estuary sound map: a small collection of recordings made along the estuary from Dartford in the west to Shoeburyness and the Isle of Sheppey in the east.

Andre's London sound map: the start of new collection of recordings featuring work by musician and recordist Andre Louis.

London Unseen sound maps: the start of a series of sound maps featuring anonymised parts of London. Can you guess where they are?

Unlike in the Sound actions section, sound map recordings are typically of ambient noises or atmospheres encountered all over London. It is the place itself which is the primary subject of nearly every sound map recording. They are organised by allocating each one to a grid square about two-and-a-half miles or four kilometers across. 112 grid squares cover the Greater London area.

To present the grid squares on this page, they have been arranged into twelve rows. The rows begin in the north and work down to the south, growing and then diminishing in length to reflect London's shape. The westernmost square appears first in each row. Each grid square has a title made up of some of the areas it covers, for example 'Knightsbridge and West End'. On this page the titles serve as links which will take you to a new page where all the recordings for a given square will appear.

Most recordings have descriptive filenames which work as direct links to the sound files themselves, which are in MP3 format. They range from one to around six minutes in length, with the majority lasting one or two minutes. Some recordings have more abstract-sounding titles, such as 'TQ 2835 9963'. These are the Ordnance Survey co-ordinates for where the recording was made, and each occurrence marks the exact centre of a grid square.

To help navigate this page more quickly, the following links will allow you to jump directly to each row's position on this page:

Row 1. Row 2. Row 3. Row 4. Row 5. Row 6. Row 7. Row 8. Row 9. Row 10. Row 11. Row 12.

ROW 1: ENFIELD CHASE THROUGH CREWS HILL TO ENFIELD LOCK

Enfield Chase. There is one recording for this grid square.

Crews Hill, Clay Hill. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Turkey Street, Enfield Lock. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

ROW 2: SCRATCHWOOD THROUGH COCKFOSTERS TO NORTH CHINGFORD

Scratchwood, Barnet Gate. There are 2 recordings for this grid square.

Barnet, Totteridge. There are 4 recordings for this grid square.

Oakwood, Cockfosters. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Winchmore Hill, Enfield. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Ponders End, North Chingford. There are 11 recordings for this grid square.

ROW 3: HILL END THROUGH TOTTENHAM TO BROOK STREET

Hill End, Mount Pleasant. There is one recording for this grid square.

Ducks Hill, Northwood. There is one recording for this grid square.

Pinnerwood Park, Hatch End. There is one recording for this grid square.

Stanmore, Canons Park. There is one recording for this grid square.

Edgware, Mill Hill. There are 6 recordings for this grid square.

Mill Hill, East Finchley. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

Friern Barnet, Bounds Green. There are 10 recordings for this grid square.

Palmers Green, Edmonton, Tottenham. There are 16 recordings for this grid square.

South Chingford, Higham. There are 21 recordings for this grid square.

Hale End, Woodford. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Hainault, Collier Row. There are 18 recordings for this grid square.

Havering-atte-Bower, Gallows Corner. There is one recording for this grid square.

Harold Hill, Brook Street. There is one recording for this grid square.

ROW 4: SOUTH HAREFIELD THROUGH LEYTON TO CRANHAM

South Harefield. There are 2 recordings for this grid square.

Ruislip. There are 8 recordings for this grid square.

Pinner, Rayners Lane. There are 22 recordings for this grid square.

Harrow, North Wembley. There are 11 recordings for this grid square.

Kingsbury, Hendon. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Cricklewood, Golders Green. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

Hampstead Heath, Highgate, Archway. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

Stroud Green, Seven Sisters, Stoke Newington. There are 17 recordings for this grid square.

Walthamstow, Leyton, Lea Bridge. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

Leytonstone, Snaresbrook. There are 4 recordings for this grid square.

Ilford, Newbury Park. There are 2 recordings for this grid square.

Chadwell Heath, Crowlands. There is one recording for this grid square.

Romford, Hornchurch. There are 4 recordings for this grid square.

Emerson Park, Upminster. There is one recording for this grid square.

Cranham. There are no recordings yet for this grid square.

ROW 5: UXBRIDGE THROUGH CAMDEN TO NORTH OCKENDON

Cowley, Uxbridge. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Hillingdon. There are 11 recordings for this grid square.

Northolt, Greenford. There are 4 recordings for this grid square.

Sudbury, Perivale. There are 7 recordings for this grid square.

Wembley, Neasden, Harlesden. There are 9 recordings for this grid square.

Willesden, Kilburn, West Hampstead. There are 6 recordings for this grid square.

Hampstead, Tufnell Park, Camden. There are 25 recordings for this grid square.

Islington, Finsbury, Dalston. There are 39 recordings for this grid square.

Hackney, Stratford, Bow. There are 21 recordings for this grid square.

Forest Gate, West Ham. There are 37 recordings for this grid square.

East Ham, Barking, Ilford. There are 8 recordings for this grid square.

Barking Riverside, Dagenham. There is one recording for this grid square.

Elm Park, Rainham. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

Hacton, Corbets Tey. There are no recordings yet for this grid square.

North Ockendon. There are no recordings yet for this grid square.

ROW 6: WEST DRAYTON THROUGH KENSINGTON TO RAINHAM MARSHES

West Drayton. There is one recording for this grid square.

Goulds Green, Hayes. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Southall, Norwood Green. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

Hanwell, Ealing. There are 7 recordings for this grid square.

Acton, Wormwood Scrubs. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush, Kensington. There are 48 recordings for this grid square.

Knightsbridge, West End. There are 42 recordings for this grid square.

City, Spitalfields, Waterloo, Borough. There are 56 recordings for this grid square.

Mile End, Isle of Dogs, Rotherhithe. There are 38 recordings for this grid square.

Canning Town, Silvertown, North Greenwich. There are 11 recordings for this grid square.

Beckton, Woolwich, Thamesmead. There are 8 recordings for this grid square.

Thamesmead, Abbey Wood, Belvedere. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Rainham and Wennington Marshes. There are 2 recordings for this grid square.

ROW 7: HEATHROW THROUGH CLAPHAM TO ERITH

Longford, Heathrow. There is one recording for this grid square.

Heathrow, Hatton. There is one recording for this grid square.

Heston, Hounslow. There are 2 recordings for this grid square.

Brentford, Isleworth, Richmond. There are 7 recordings for this grid square.

Kew, Mortlake, Chiswick. There are 6 recordings for this grid square.

Fulham, West Brompton, Putney. There are 15 recordings for this grid square.

Chelsea, Battersea, Clapham. There are 11 recordings for this grid square.

Walworth, Brixton, Peckham. There are 40 recordings for this grid square.

New Cross, Brockley, Lewisham. There are 15 recordings for this grid square.

Greenwich, Chalton, Blackheath. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

Shooters Hill, Plumstead, Falconwood. There is one recording for this grid square.

Bexleyheath, Barnehurst. There is one recording for this grid square.

Erith, Slade Green, Crayford. There are 4 recordings for this grid square.

ROW 8: FELTHAM THROUGH DULWICH TO BEXLEY

Stanwell, Feltham. There is one recording for this grid square.

Hounslow Heath, Whitton, Hanworth. There is one recording for this grid square.

Twickenham, Teddington, Strawberry Hill. There are 41 recordings for this grid square.

Richmond Park, Kingston Vale. There are 2 recordings for this grid square.

Putney Heath, Wandsworth, Wimbledon Common. There are 8 recordings for this grid square.

Balham, Streatham, Tooting. There are 4 recordings for this grid square.

Tulse Hill, Herne Hill, Dulwich. There is one recording for this grid square.

Forest Hill, Catford, Ladywell. There are 9 recordings for this grid square.

Hither Green, Grove Park, Mottingham. There are 7 recordings for this grid square.

Eltham, Sidcup. There is one recording for this grid square.

Bexley, Albany Park. There is one recording for this grid square.

ROW 9: HAMPTON WICK THROUGH CRYSTAL PALACE TO HOCKENDEN

Hampton Wick, Kingston. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Norbiton, New Malden. There are 4 recordings for this grid square.

Wimbledon, Morden, Merton. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Mitcham, Collier's Wood, Streatham Vale. There are 7 recordings for this grid square.

Thornton Heath, Crystal Palace, Selhurst. There is one recording for this grid square.

Penge, South Norwood, Beckenham. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Bromley, Widmore. There are 5 recordings for this grid square.

Chislehurst, Bickley, Petts Wood. There are 2 recordings for this grid square.

St Mary Cray, Hockenden. There are no recordings yet for this grid square.

ROW 10: TOLWORTH THROUGH CROYDON TO CHELSFIELD

Tolworth, Old Malden. There are 6 recordings for this grid square.

North Cheam, Sutton. There is one recording for this grid square.

Carshalton, Hackbridge. There are 20 recordings for this grid square.

Waddon, Croydon. There are 6 recordings for this grid square.

Shirley Oaks, West Wickham. There is one recording for this grid square.

Hayes, Keston. There are 3 recordings for this grid square.

Farnborough, Orpington. There is one recording for this grid square.

Chelsfield, Ramsden. There is one recording for this grid square.

ROW 11: CARSHALTON BEECHES THROUGH SELSDON TO HAZELWOOD

Carshalton Beeches, Woodcote. There is one recording for this grid square.

Purley, Riddlesdown, Sanderstead. There is one recording for this grid square.

Selsdon, Forestdale. There are 2 recordings for this grid square.

New Addington, Biggin Hill. There is one recording for this grid square.

Downe, Hazelwood. There is one recording for this grid square.

ROW 12: COULSDON AND HORNS GREEN

Coulsdon. There is one recording for this grid square.

Berry's Green, Horns Green. There is one recording for this grid square.

That concludes the list of grid squares for the Daytime sound map.

SOUND MAP RECORDINGS LINKS: TEXT VERSIONS

Waterways sound map. Thames estuary sound map. Andre's London sound map. London Unseen sound maps.

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