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

 

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

 

Vaux Brewery

Vaux Brewery, Sunderland To begin with, The Vaux Family have been in the brewery business since 1806. But Vaux did not establish their own brewery until 1837. Indeed, the first Vaux brewery was on the corner of Matlock Street and Cumberland Street. Moreover the company’s name was after the founder,… Continue reading

 

Ryhope Village

Ryhope Village To begin with, Ryhope is a coastal village along the southern boundary of the City of Sunderland, England. As a matter of fact, it is almost mid-way between the City Centre and Seaham. The village indeed has a long farming history going back well over 1,000 years. Moreover,… Continue reading

 

Marsden Grotto

The Marsden Grotto Of course, the Marsden Grotto Pub is approximately three miles south of the entrance to the River Tyne. Indeed, the Grotto is around 6 miles north of Sunderland. Just to clarify, the pub is built into the cliff face at Marsden Bay. Incidentally, Marsden Bay is ran… Continue reading

 

Houghton-le-Spring

Houghton-le-Spring Moreover, at the same time, Houghton-le-Spring, Hetton-le-Hole and Washington Urban Districts joined Sunderland. In essence, this was to form a new borough within the Tyne and Wear Metropolitan County. Naming Of Houghton In the Boldon Book of 1183, the name of the town was Hoctona, but at other times… Continue reading

 

Holy Trinity Church East End

Holy Trinity Church (The East End Of Sunderland) To begin with, Holy Trinity Church, is one of the oldest buildings in Sunderland’s East End. Indeed, in 1719 the residents of the fast growing port of Sunderland petitioned for a separate parish. This was because St. Michael’s at Bishopwearmouth, their local… Continue reading

 

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