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The coal trade was at the centre of Sunderland's 17th-c. prosperity, and continued to thrive through the 18th century.

The most prominent secular tenants within the Sunderland area  were the Hiltons, who held the castle and lordship of Hylton (See the Hilton Family 

Hendon, located on the coast, immediately to the south of the borough, was already in use as a port by the later 14th century, although other refer

River fisheries formed part of the bishop’s rights, or were attached to the former monastic lands, and, as with other properties of the bishop, wer

Few local court records survive for Sunderland in the medieval and early modern periods.

Following its dissolution in 1536 the buildings and land of the monastic cell of Monkwearmouth cell.

Charting the course of Sunderland's population growth from its early beginning as a small fishing town, 'in great decay of buildings and inhabitant

Almost 500 wills and inventories, pertaining to Sunderland in the period 1549-1700, have now been identified and transcribed thanks to the sterling