Binns Department Store No ratings yet.

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 No ratings yet.

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 No ratings yet.

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 No ratings yet.

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 No ratings yet.

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 No ratings yet.

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

Raich Carter No ratings yet.

Horatio Stratton Carter Raich’s mother and father ran the Ocean Queen Pub for a while to keep the pennies coming in. Of course, this was after Robert came back to Sunderland due to retirement from the game. In short, it was a serious head injury at Southampton Football Club that… Continue reading

Hartley Wear Glass Works No ratings yet.

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 No ratings yet.

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 No ratings yet.

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