Mary Ann Cotton Serial Killer

Mary Ann Cotton was born on 31st of October 1832 in Low Moorsely (now City of Sunderland), County Durham, UK. She married 4 times and her husbands were; William Mowbray, George Ward, James Robinson and Frederick Cotton. Therefore, her other names were, Mary Ann Robson (birth name), Mary Ann Mowbray,… Continue reading

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Thomas Sanderson Sunderland Town Crier

Thomas Sanderson was a very popular character in Sunderland albeit a little on the eccentric side. He was born in the year 1808 at Hinds Bridge in Bishopwearmouth. Of course in those days life wasn’t easy and in his youth he had to get by somehow. Over the course of… Continue reading

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Ryhope Engines Museum Sunderland

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 the Ryhope Engines Museum in Sunderland which opened in 1868. Obviously, this water pumping station was responsible for supplying water to the Wearside area.… Continue reading

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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 International Airshow

To begin with, Sunderland International Airshow is the biggest free annual airshow in Europe. Spread over three days, of course, the event takes place in Roker and Seaburn. In this case, it is usually the final weekend in July on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sunderland International Airshow Therefore, accommodation is… Continue reading

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Famous Northeasterners

Although the Wearside Online community deals mainly with the Sunderland area, we do cast our nets further afield on occasions. This is because there are many other situations and people with a connection to Wearside. So here we have a section for other Famous Northeasterners. This article covers 8 pages,… Continue reading

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New Sunderland Bridge – River Wear Crossing

New Sunderland Bridge – River Wear Crossing In effect, travellers around the Wessington Way area to the north of the river will see work taking place. Likewise, folk around the European Way and Pallion areas should also see early stages of the work. There are also electronic notices at key… Continue reading

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Sunderland Pubs Safe but Chaplins and Varcity Face Uncertain Future

Sunderland Pubs Safe But Chaplins And Varcity Face Uncertain Future. Indeed, Chaplins, the Chesters and the Blue Bell in Fulwell, were facing closure. So were Varcity in Sunderland and Durham but they have carried on trading in the hope of finding a buyer. However, there are some Sunderland pubs safe… Continue reading

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Niall Quinn Becomes Freeman Of Sunderland

Niall Quinn Becomes Freeman Of Sunderland Indeed, Niall Quinn is now a Freeman Of The City of Sunderland. Moreover, Niall says he is happy to gain such an honour. In fact, it was a ‘mad few minutes’ before he said yes to the award.  He says, “I might be able… Continue reading

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