Local history organization Farnton.org has revealed the route of its new “Farringdon-Silksworth Heritage Trail”, a new tourism corridor and project focusing on local history, and it’s now looking to recruit volunteer guides!

As shown by the above map, the new route begins at the site of the former Farringdon Hall estate on Anthony Road, before heading down onto the Hetton Company railway route and into Old Silksworth, where it proceeds to visit the Secret Garden of Doxford Park, the Silksworth Village School and Chapel of Rest, Doxford House and then onto the area of Silksworth Hall, before finishing at Morrisons.

All in all, the trail covers over 1000 years worth of local Sunderland history stretching from the medieval era to the modern day. It aims to explore and account for the historical township of Silksworth and Farringdon Hall, whilst also setting out how the area became instrumental to the city’s heritage through the rise of the Doxford family and their contributions to global maritime engineering.

The new route is a segment of Farnton.org’s “Farringdon Masterplan” which seeks to strategically revive the area by strengthening its connections to its history, of which it kicked off with earlier this year through the installation of its first heritage plaque. Up to 5 more plaques have been planned, as well as plans to create a potential local garden.

It is planned that the heritage trail itself will commence with organized group tours in 2022. To this end, it is recruiting volunteer guides who have a good grasp of local history. If you wish to apply, you may email Sunderlandgm@outlook.com

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