Hartley Wear Glass Works

Hartley Wear Glass Works They went on to produce crown glass coupled with German sheet glass. In 1833, Hartley senior died and three years later, James and his brother John, left Smethwick and moved to Sunderland. Then, in 1837 James and John started their own business, Hartley’s Wear Glass Works,… Continue reading

 

Washington New Town

Welcome To The Original Washington In modern English, Hwæsa becomes Wassa or Wossa after translation, so this could refer to an influential chieftain or farmer. Moreover, there is an actual reference to Wassyngtona meaning ‘settlement of Wassa’s people’. Because there are no records from this period, evidence is hard to… Continue reading

 

Edward Thompson Printers

Edward Thompson Printers The business, Edward Thompson Printers, started out because of a bet, which turned out to be a winner. To begin with, in 1867 a young man called Edward Thompson placed a bet on a horse and won £60. Indeed, this was a great deal of money in… Continue reading

 

Monkwearmouth

Monkwearmouth Firstly, Monkwearmouth is an area of Sunderland on the north side of the River Wear. It all began at the end of the seventh century because of a young nobleman named Benedict Biscop. To clarify, Biscop is the Patron Saint of Sunderland and was born in AD627 at the Royal… Continue reading

 

Victoria Hall Disaster

Victoria Hall Disaster To begin with, the Victoria Hall Disaster is a terribly tragedy in which 183 children lost their lives. The Victoria Hall stampede of 1883 is still the worst of its kind ever to have happened in Britain. Of course, news of the disaster spread far and wide.… Continue reading