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Explore England's Past


There were two significant developments of new streets on the fringes of Bishopwearmouth village in the 18th century.

Sunderland became a city in 1992, sixty years after the first attempt to gain city status.

The historic centre of Bishopwearmouth has been subjected to more change than most parts of the city.

Our Newcastle-based volunteers are scouring regional newspapers for references to life in Sunderland.


Dixon (or Dixon's, or Dickson's) Square is a reminder of an older Monkwearmouth.

During the 12th and 13th centuries, as the population and economy of England expanded, a large number of new towns were laid out in most parts of t

In this section on overview of the geology and landscape of Bolsover area is given.

Tolcarne is one of the smaller settlements that made up 18th century Newlyn.

Tithe maps were drawn up when tithe payments (a clergy-support tax of a tenth of all parish produce including fish) were commuted or changed to equal

More links to trades are found on Park Street and Great George Street, both expensive addresses today and in the past.