2021 - 2021

"Are You a Ghost-hunter?" An Audio Trail of The Old Church

This audio trail was commissioned by St Mary's Old Church in Stoke Newington. St Mary's is London's only surviving Elizabethan churchyard, and the tombstone inscriptions have been lost to weather and time. "Are You a Ghost-hunter?" pieces together the fragments of story. It turns out that urban foxes and local teenagers - each in their own way - are the ones who are most familiar with the long forgotten dead.

Download the free audio trail here: 

With thanks to the voices of St Mary's Old Church:

Stoke Newington School students

Jean Sprackland: writer

Abstract Benna: performance poet

Charles Foster: vet, barrister, philosopher

Sam Lee: folk singer

Tania Aubeelack: activist and historian

Nana Fani-Kayode: radio producer

With special thanks to Tania Aubeelack for her research and inspiration.

Map of The Old Church 

Key to the map


Creative producer: Laura Mitchison

Sound design: Gareth Fry

Illustration: Joanna Layla

Music: Sam Lee.

The audio tour features Bonnie Bunch of Roses [sung a capella], Lay This Body Down [sung a capella] and Lay This Body Down [album recording, licensed courtesy of Cooking Vinyl Limited], performed by Sam Lee and produced by Bernard Butler.

‘Bonnie Bunch of Roses’ is a Napoleonic ballad originating with a Romany singer called Freda Black.

‘Lay this Body Down’ is a spiritual originating with an enslaved oarsman (his name is sadly unknown).

Due to launch on the Old church website in 2021.


Start Point. Photograph by Jake Davis, supplied courtesy of The Old Church