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Medieval Government

The borough of Sunderland was in the hands of the bishop of Durham, Although its charter conferred certain privileges, effective authority remained with the bishop and it was his appointee, the borough bailiff, who supervised local government and administration in  the medieval town.

Content generated during research for two paperback books 'Sunderland and its Origins: Monks to Mariners' (ISBN 13 : 9781860774799) and 'Sunderland: Building a City' (ISBN 13 : 978-1-86077-547-5 ) for the England's Past for Everyone series

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