Episode 3 – Scarp
This week John Rogers and Nick Papadimitriou head out onto the North Middlesex/South Hertfordshire Escarpment, subject of a forthcoming book by Nick.
Scarp is a conspicuous but broken ridge running from Batchworth Heath, near Harefield, on the Middlesex-Buckinghamshire border, via Oxhey to Elstree and thence eastward to High Barnet. Further east, the ridge runs through Hadley and Enfield Chase, widening considerably north of the former place towards Shenley and North Mimms. The eastern edge of Scarp curves north and then north-east, following the River Lee upstream into Hertfordshire, until it diminishes in height in the region of Hertford and Great Amwell. Much of the land is green belt broken by small clusters of dwellings, old farms and ribbons of Victorian suburban houses. Scarp attains its greatest height at Stanmore Common (480 ft).
With a reading from the book by Nick Papadimitriou and music by Europa51
Entries Tagged as ‘Ventures and Adventures in Topography’
December 7th, 2010 · No Comments
Episode 2: Leytonstone & Leyton –
The North-Eastern frontier
This week’s show comes to you entirely from
Leytonstone & Leyton as Nick Papadimitriou and
John Rogers explore the valley of the Philly Brook –
the buried and forgotten stream that runs beneath
the streets of the London zone that begat Alfred
Hitchcock, London’s short-lived ‘Left Bank’
and the great Panjandum. This is […]
November 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments
Episode 1 – Brent Cross
Ventures & Adventures in Topography presented
by John Rogers and Nick Papadimitriou,
is a show taking you on a series of
lop-sided rambles around the margins
of London,exploring zones and areas
of the city drawing on an eclectic
range of references,influenced by old
\topographical books, psychogeography,
and the hopeless mis-reading of maps.
This week we’ll be taking you on […]
If it’s too cold to go out for a walk why not take an audio stroll with me and Nick as we explore the ‘skirt of London’
The new series of Ventures and Adventures in Topography starts this coming Wednesday, 24th November at 5pm on Resonance 104.4fm (and online). I’m here busily editing the field recordings from our walk around Brent Cross for the first episode. Here’s a very short fragment that tickled me.
“… it is often in those awkward-shaped parcels of ground – left over like a hem when the surrounding areas have been sewn up – called ‘marginal land’. These seem to be multiplying with the piecemeal extension of built-up areas: a sliver left over between two strictly rectangular factories, a disused car dump, the surrounds of an electricity sub-station”
– p.38 The Unofficial Countryside (1978), by Richard Mabey
As we prepare for a summer walking and recording the second series of Ventures and Adventures in Topography here’s a short video from the studio broadcast of he last episode of series one in December 2009. You can download the podcast of this episode here
Among the suggested topics for series 2 we’re planning one exploring Leytonstone and Wanstead probably following the course of the Filly Brook (or Fillebrook).