Ryhope Engines Museum No ratings yet.

In short, Ryhope Village has one of the finest monuments to Victorian engineering ability in the North East of England. Of course, we are referring to Ryhope Pumping Station which opened in 1868. The machinery still works, but basically the place is a museum now. Called the Ryhope Engines Museum,… Continue reading

Sunderland Town Hall No ratings yet.

History of Sunderland Town Hall with images. Sunderland Town Hall Proposals In fact, the first proposal came from architect Joseph Potts in 1868. Indeed, Potts suggested developing the Fawcett Street site for the erection of a council chamber and administrative offices. He also proposed a concert hall, library, museum and… Continue reading

Beamish Museum No ratings yet.

To begin with, Beamish Museum is an open air museum in the North East of England with a difference. On the whole, its main aim is to preserve a flavour of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. In other words, the museum gives a sample of rural and urban life… Continue reading

Empire Theatre No ratings yet.

Sunderland Empire Theatre Also, with all standing room, its capacity can go over 2,250. In short, Brothers William and Thomas Ridley Milburn from Sunderland were the architects who designed the Empire Theatre. Indeed, it is a fine example of Edwardian theatre architecture which opened its doors on 1st July 1907.… Continue reading

Sunderland Orphanage No ratings yet.

To begin with, the founding of Sunderland East End Orphan Asylum came about in 1853. Indeed, this was after the Sunderland Orphan Asylum Act of 1852 came into force. However, it wasn’t until Thursday 17th October 1861, that the Sunderland Orphanage opened on the edge of the Town Moor. Not… Continue reading

Easington No ratings yet.

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 Indeed,… Continue reading

Sunderland Metro No ratings yet.

Sunderland still has one of the best bus services available and always has had. However, The Tyne and Wear Metro Rapid Transit System arrived in Sunderland in 2002. Of course, together with an efficient bus network, all areas of Sunderland is easily accessible. Indeed, the arrival of the Sunderland Metro… Continue reading

Joplings Department Store No ratings yet.

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 No ratings yet.

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 No ratings yet.

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