Henry Havelock

In the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824–1826), Havelock served with distinction. Then he moved back to England where he would marry Hannah Shepherd Marshman. Hannah was the daughter of a Christian missionary, and over a short time, Henry became a Baptist. Later he would introduce some of his new family’s missionary… Continue reading


Famous Sunderland People

Famous Sunderland People 01 To begin with, are you aware that Kate Adie was brought up in Sunderland? Then again, did you know that the leading male actor in the film ‘Born Free’ was born here? Well read on because here we take a look at many other famous Sunderland… Continue reading


Sunderland Deadly Diseases

To begin with, this article is all about Sunderland Deadly Diseases from yesteryear. Indeed, many centuries ago, dealing with diseases and illnesses was in its infancy. In fact, treatments were primitive to say the least. Sunderland is, of course, at the mouth of the River Wear and is one of… Continue reading


County Durham

To begin with, County Durham covers a large area on the north east coast of England. Indeed, the area is steeped in a glorious history. Durham City itself stands on the River Wear which winds is way to the North Sea at Sunderland. We can only but scratch the surface… Continue reading


Sunderland Cinemas

Sunderland Cinemas Regal, Odeon To begin with, let us take a look back at the glory days of Sunderland Cinemas when they were numerous. Indeed, the cinema industry was booming but why did they all disappear? On the site once occupied by the Olympia Pleasuredrome, there now stands what was… Continue reading


Seaham Tragedies

To begin with, this page tells about some of Seaham tragedies. Indeed, some of Seaham tragedies go back to the early 1800’s. Seaham Tragedies: Seaham Maritime Disaster 1873 On Tuesday 26th June 1873, a dreadful boat accident took the lives of five men. This all happened within hailing distance of… Continue reading


Seaham County Durham

Seaham is a small town on the North East coast in County Durham, England. The town is around 6 miles south of Sunderland and 13 miles east of Durham City. According to the 2011 census, the town has a population of around 21,000. Many people refer to the town as… Continue reading


Coal Mining

Industrial Revolution Prior to the industrial revolution, timber was the primary source of energy for most, of course. However, in the 14th century, as forests began to deplete, coal mining grew in economic importance. Indeed, coal mines spread out from the banks of the River Wear and into the surrounding… Continue reading


Thomas Sanderson Sunderland Town Crier

Tommy and Bella would also pick up coals that were lying about the local quayside. After carrying the coal home, Bella would also play her part and help to sell it. In essence, they would only make a few halfpennies on the coal but it would help them get by.… Continue reading