Sunderland Town Hall

History of Sunderland Town Hall with images. Sunderland Town Hall Proposals The first proposal for the new building 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,… Continue reading

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Beamish Museum

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

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Sunderland Orphanage

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

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Sunderland Metro

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 are easily accessible. Indeed, the arrival of the Sunderland Metro… Continue reading

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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

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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

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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 10 miles west of Sunderland.… Continue reading

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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. 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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