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On this Month: 27 years ago, when Time Team Came to Hylton Castle

By Elle Gray-Thynne Do you remember when Time Time Came to Hylton Castle? This month, it marks 27 years since the famous Channel 4 show came to Wearside in 1995…

The Hunting Grounds: The History of Foxy Island, Gilley Law and the Cavalier

Yesterday the news emerged that an application had been submitted to build 19 executive class homes and apartments on the site of what is currently the Cavalier Pub, the establishment,…

What’s In A Name? Discovering the Story Behind the Origin of “Southwick”

Author: Peter Gibson is a local historian and the Chairman of the Southwick Village Green Preservation Society, a group dedicated to reviving and promoting the heritage of Southwick on Wear…

The Historical Meaning and Origin of Every Place Name in Sunderland

Every suburb name in Sunderland has a long lasting history, with most dating back to the early middle ages. Whilst some names are fairly obvious, such as “Monkwearmouth”, “Bishopwearmouth” or…

The Last Family of Old Thorney Close, And Their Involvement in the Irish Troubles

Before the modern housing area was built, Thorney Close was a manor estate which had stood since at least the Tudor times. At the top of the estate sat the…

2nd Farringdon Blue Plaque Proposed for Former Farringdon Club Building

Local history organization Farnton.org have opened the year by announcing they will be investing in a 2nd heritage blue plaque for the estate of Farringdon, after successfully having installed the…