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Of the mansions in the outer parts of Bishopwearmouth, little has endured but the names which are now attached to suburban housing estates or parks

Despite the appalling slums and overcrowding, public housing made a slow start in Sunderland. The first council housing was conceived in 1892.

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

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

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

Tunstall, between Ryhope and Silksworth, remained an agricultural hamlet into the 19th century.

Ashbrooke was Bishopwearmouth's fashionable middle-class suburb, from the mid-19th century.

Sunderland was certainly not short of public houses and beerhouses.

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

Fawcett Street was the main thoroughfare of Victorian Sunderland.