Sunderland' s first purpose-built town hall was the Exchange Building.
The town plan of Sunderland was determined by the layout of its medieval burgages.
Transcribed and introduced by Maureen M Meikle. The customs posts were prized at Sunderland, so there was always competition when a vaca
The medieval parish of Bishopwearmouth comprised the townships of Bishopwearmouth, Ford, Bishopwearmouth Panns, Ryhope, Silksworth, Tunstall and Bu
The ancient parish of Monkwearmouth comprised the townships of Monkwearmouth, Fulwell, Southwick and Hylton.
The borough was created by charter of Hugh du Puiset, bishop of Durham in c.1180-1183, probably in the hope that it would generate the same degree
The borough of Sunderland was in the hands of the bishop of Durham, Although its charter conferred certain privileges, effective authority remained
The government of Sunderland was determined by its status as a medieval borough.
Few local court records survive for Sunderland in the medieval and early modern periods.
Until 1719, the area that was to become Sunderland was divided into two parishes which served administrative as well as religious purposes.