Sunderland Marina

To begin with, the Sunderland Marina is a recreational and housing area on the north bank of the River Wear. In fact, it is in Roker around a mile down from the Wearmouth Bridge. Together with the help of a £1m lottery grant, the Marine Activities Centre opened in 1994.… Continue reading

 

Joplings Department Store

To begin with, the partnership of Thomas Jopling and Joseph Tuer would be the start something big in Sunderland. Indeed, it would be the beginning of the longest established department store in Sunderland. In 1804, Thomas Jopling and Joseph Tuer opened a drapery business at 174-178 High Street East. The… Continue reading

 

Sunderland Museum And Winter Gardens

To begin with, the first Sunderland museum was in the Athenaeum in Fawcett Street in 1846. Indeed, Sunderland was the first place outside of London to have a publicly funded museum. In addition, by 1858, a new public library was up and running alongside. However, by the 1870’s, more space… Continue reading

 

Chester-le-Street

To begin with, Chester-le-Street is the business, residential and shopping centre of one of the smallest English districts. Indeed, the town is in the northern part of County Durham, between Durham City and Gateshead. Of course, Chester-le-Street stands on the River Wear and lies just 8 miles west of Sunderland.… Continue reading

 

Sunniside, Sunderland

Sunniside, Sunderland To begin with, 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… Continue reading

 

Hylton Castle

Hylton Castle Furthermore, it is easy to find as there is a large housing estate adjacent, aptly catted Hylton Castle Estate. To begin with, the original castle was a wooden construction from a time just after the Norman Conquest in 1066. In essence, it was for an influential family with… Continue reading

 

Sunderland Workhouse

To begin with, a workhouse was a place where those unable to support themselves could get accommodation and employment. Indeed, the Elizabethan Poor Law of 1601 had made it the duty of every parish to maintain its poor. There were other laws prior to this date which were more about… Continue reading

 

Monkwearmouth Station

Monkwearmouth Station In essence, this combination was always going to be a railway station to be a showpiece for Victorian Britain. Indeed, Monkwearmouth Station opened in 1848 and was one of the main railway lines in Sunderland. In fact it was the main railway station in Sunderland at one point.… Continue reading

 

Hills Bookshop

To begin with, William Henry Hills started the oldest established booksellers and stationers in Sunderland, Hills Bookshop. Indeed, this was on Christmas Eve, 1852. Moreover, 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… Continue reading

 

Blacklock Jewellers

Blacklock Jewellers To begin with, this is the story of the Blacklock family and their jewellery shops. Robert Blacklock was working on the Tyne as a shipwright when he decided to open his first shop. This was indeed, a jewellers and pawnbrokers at Bedford Street, Sunderland in 1832. In fact,… Continue reading