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The Lost Roman Story of South Hylton

South Hylton is a very quiet settlement on the River Wear. Its name is shared with the settlement across the water, of which referred to “The Hill Farm” in Old…

Legends of Sunderland: Dave The Rave

We saved the best until last. Dave the Rave is probably the most iconic, active and known character in Sunderland at this present time, not least the most beloved. Throughout…

Legends of Sunderland: Sister Mary Scholastica, Wearside’s “Powerhouse of Prayer”

The latest installment of “Legends of Sunderland” brings us the tale of a local character who is known for her feisty and enthusiastic spirit, and is undoubtedly the most famous…

“The Rough Valley”: The Medieval History of Ryhope Village

Ryhope is a village located to the Southeast of the City of Sunderland. Directly facing the North Sea, Ryhope is known for being a former colliery site, its rolling limestone…

Sunderland’s Lost Medieval Suburb: The Story of Hameldon Village

As we have set out through various articles many of Sunderland’s suburbs emerged in the Middle Ages as Manor estates or independent villages, giving them names usually over a thousand…

Legends of Sunderland: Kit and Kat

The lesson of this story is that sometimes, the easiest way to make money is not always the best way to succeed in life. Whilst some of course might approach…