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Explore England's Past


Derek Rowell at work at Sunderland Maritime Heritage, Church Street East. For more about this extraordinary volunteer effort see here.

The image here shows the busy riverside settlement of South Hylton.

There had been little change in the layout of medieval Monkwearmouth when this map was published in 1737.

Built by William, lord Hylton in the late 14th or early 15th century. The gatehouse, the original core of the medieval castle, still remains.

St Peter’s church, Monkwearmouth, formed part of the Anglo Saxon monastery founded in c.673 by Benedict Biscop.

The earliest reference found to the Hylton Ferry (HER 446) was in 1322 when Baron Hylton granted to his chaplain "the passage of Bovisferry" (an ox

The first written evidence of the Hilton family is in 1157 A.D., on an agreement between Romanus de Hilton and Absolom, Prior of Durham, that Roman

St Catherine's chapel, Hylton Castle

Although much of the earlier road pattern has been swept away, it is still possible to make out the shape of medieval villages at Southwick and Bis

The old settlement of Silksworth - rather than the mining village of New Silksworth, established in the late 19th century - existed in early mediev