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Urban Character of Sunderland

Aug 17, 2007
The City of Sunderland has a population of just under 300,000 and is the largest city between Edinburgh and Leeds. It is situated on the north east coast of England, with access to some of the most beautiful countryside in England.

Despite its urban character, Sunderland is home to a complex mosaic of habitats including woodlands, meadows and wetlands all of which support a range of species such as water vole, badger, brown hare and great crested newt.

Its prime location by the sea. The vast areas of natural beauty. A good balance between excellent public services. Exciting culture. An industry that is forever moving forward. It really is a city that is creating a better future for all.

It has a strong Christian and industrial heritage. Settlements based on the backsides of the safe harbour, gradually gathered themselves around the Saxon monastery at Wearmouth. Built by Benedict Biscop in AD 674.

Sunderlands name probably derived from the land divided by the river which was granted to Benedict Biscop in AD 686.

The Port of Sunderland has a heritage going back over eight hundred years, with the earliest evidence of maritime commerce being a charter granted in 1154. Industry continued to grow along the river, with docks being present since at least 1382. the mid seventeenth century, following the English Civil War, the proximity of Sunderland to the Durham coalfield, stimulated the development of its export trade. An increase in port facilities was needed and more ships needed to be built. This in turn led to the growth of associated trades, and commerce grew.

Attractions include the Penshaw Monument, the Lighthouse, the Hylton Castle, the Wildfowl Park and the near by beaches.

The National Glass Centre opened in 1998, reflecting Sunderlands distinguished history of glassmaking.

The Winter Gardens and Museum was the first municipally funded museum in the country outside London. It houses a comprehensive collection of the locally produced pottery.

The new City Library Arts Centre, houses the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. The City of Sunderland has been commended several times on its commitment to preserving its natural faculties.

Each year on the last weekend in July, the city hosts the International Air Show. It takes place primarily along the sea front and is attended by over one million people annually. It is the largest free air show in Europe.

The Empire opened in 1907. It is the largest theatre in the North East, reopened in December 2004 following a major redevelopment allowing it to stage West End shows such as My Fair Lady of which have been performed at the Empire. The Empire is large enough to accommodate such shows.
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