Sunderland Department Stores

Sunderland has had many department stores over the years. In particular, Sunderland city centre has seen many of these stores come and go. However, there has been an odd one in some areas of Wearside. What Is A Department Store? So, what exactly is a department store? Firstly, these are… Continue reading

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Sunniside Sunderland

Sunniside, Sunderland Sunniside is an area in Sunderland City Centre. Indeed, its boundaries are, Borough Road, Fawcett Street and the Sunderland Inner Ring road. Of course it is an old area and you will find many solicitors have their offices here. There are also many estate agents there too. Generally… Continue reading

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Sunderland Empire Theatre

Sunderland Empire Theatre The Sunderland Empire Theatre is on High Street West, Sunderland City Centre. All in all, it is one of the biggest venues in the North East of England with 1860 seats. However, when combined with standing room, its capacity can go over 2,250. In short, Brothers William… Continue reading

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Easington County Durham

To begin with, around 11 miles south of Sunderland lies the town of Easington in County Durham. The town contains both the ancient village of Easington together with the Easington colliery, the ex-mining town. So, let us explore this small town which has a population of 7,193 (2011). Easington County… Continue reading

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Hills Bookshop Sunderland

To begin with, William Henry Hills started the oldest established booksellers and stationers in Sunderland, Hills Bookshop. Indeed, this was on Christmas Eve, 1852. His very first shop was at 186, High Street on the corner with Nile Street. Of course, those days, this was the commercial centre in Sunderland… Continue reading

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Roker Park Sunderland

Roker Park, Sunderland However, Roker Park attracted very little attention until the late 19th Century. Indeed, the earliest development was the building of Roker Terrace along the sea front on the cliff tops. This was in the 1840’s and those buildings are still standing. Roker still did not have the… Continue reading

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Berwick Vampire

The Canon William of Newburgh was a priest and historian who gained much respect. He lived during the reign of Richard I in the thirteenth century. He introduced the tale of the Berwick Vampire to folklore. This was around the time when the plague devastated vast areas of the country.… Continue reading

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Jack Crawford Hero of Camperdown

Here we have the story of Jack Crawford, the Hero of Camperdown. Jack Crawford, was a sailor who was born in Sunderland on 22nd March 1775. This was in a house on Thornhill Bank, (now Pottery Bank) in the East End. He was a keelman, at a very young age.… Continue reading

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Major General Sir 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

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Sunderland Characters

To begin with, this page is all about Sunderland characters from the olden days. However, if there are any modern-day famous characters you would like to highlight, let us know. Obviously, if you wish to add any other Sunderland characters to this page, you can do so. All you need… Continue reading

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