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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 parish church of St Michael and All Angels in Bishopwearmouth belonged to the bishop of Durham, who appointed its rectors.

The government of Sunderland was determined by its status as a medieval borough.

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

As the port developed its overseas trade, Sunderland began to appear on sea charts and navigational guides.

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.

Glass making was one of the industries which developed in later 17th century Sunderland, taking advantage of the supply of otherwise unsaleable coa