Hylton Castle

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

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Sunderland Echo

Sunderland Echo Sunderland’s Other Newspapers At first, the Echo faced fierce competition from the two established weeklies in Sunderland, The Sunderland Herald and Sunderland Times. Indeed, Samuel Storey tells us about how and why the Sunderland Echo came about. In fact, Storey states in an article, The Sunderland Herald and… Continue reading

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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

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Monkwearmouth Station

Monkwearmouth Station In essence, this combination was always going to be a railway station 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. Thomas Moore Thomas… Continue reading

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Blacklock Jewellers

Blacklock Jewellers This is the story of the family behind Blacklock jewellers in Sunderland. 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, not long after… Continue reading

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Fulwell Windmill

Fulwell Windmill To begin with, in the 1800’s milling was a major industry. Indeed, there were nearly a hundred windmills in the north east. However, Fulwell Windmill is one of the few remaining working windmills left. The windmill’s construction is from magnesian limestone from the nearby quarry, of course. Joseph… Continue reading

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Bishopwearmouth

Bishopwearmouth To begin with, Bishopwearmouth is an area in Sunderland, North East England, covering around 20 square miles. Of course, this encompasses settlements such as Ryhope, Silksworth and the original Sunderland. In fact, this was one of the three areas that merged together to form the beginning of modern Sunderland.… Continue reading

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Binns Department Store

Binns Department Store, Sunderland To begin with, Binns has a very long and colourful history with its roots in Sunderland. In fact, the Binns department store in Fawcett Street, Sunderland was the second largest ‘shop’ in the UK. Harrods in London having the number one spot, of course. Indeed, Binns… Continue reading

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Wearmouth Bridge

To begin with, the Wearmouth Bridge crosses over the River Wear in Sunderland. In essence, it is the first bridge you encounter when travelling up from the mouth of the river. Prior to its construction, getting from Monkwearmouth to Bishopwearmouth was by using a ferry boat. In fact, the nearest… Continue reading

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Vaux Pubs List

Vaux Pubs List Obviously, Vaux was a Sunderland Brewery which operated many pubs throughout the UK. Alas, the firm made a decision to stop brewing in 1999. So, here is a Vaux Pubs List. In other words, the public houses that were under Vaux’s control. However, we also have the… Continue reading

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