City of Sunderland

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About this picture
status Metropolitan Borough , City
region North East England
Ceremony county Tyne and Wear
Trad. county Durham
Administrative headquarters Sunderland
surface 137.46 km²
was standing June 30, 2018
ONS code 00CM

The City of Sunderland is a Metropolitan Borough with the status of a City in Metropolitan County Tyne and Wear in England . The administrative seat is the city of the same name Sunderland . Other significant places in the borough are Bishopwearmouth , Doxford Park , Farringdon , Fulwell , Grindon , Hetton-le-Hole , Houghton-le-Spring , Redhouse , Roker , Ryhope , Seaburn , Southwick ,Thorney Close and Washington .

The reorganization of the borders and the competencies of the local authorities resulted in the formation of the Metropolitan Borough of Tyne and Wear in 1974. The County Borough of Sunderland and the urban districts of Hetton, Houghton-le-Spring and Washington were merged. These local authorities were previously part of County Durham .

In 1986 Sunderland became a de facto unitary authority when the central government dissolved the superordinate administration of Tyne and Wear. Sunderland remained part of Tyne and Wear for ceremonial purposes as well as for individual higher-level tasks such as fire fighting and public transport.

In 1992 the borough was given city status on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's 40th jubilee . Ten years later, however, the request to appoint a Lord Mayor was denied.


  • The Sunderland Museum with the Winter Gardens
  • The National Glass Center , opened in 1998
  • The Empire Theater, the largest theater in North East England
  • The Royalty Theater
  • The stage of light
  • The Crowtree Leisure Center
  • "The Walrus" in Mowbray Park
  • On a 136 m high hill between Washington and Houghton-le-Spring is the Penshaw Monument , a Greek temple rebuilt from 1844 on behalf of Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (based on the model of the Hephaestus Temple in Athens, but halfway Scale). Its official name is The Earl of Durham's Monument , named after the former owner who gave it to the National Trust in 1939.


The AFC Sunderland plays in the Football League Championship

Daughters and sons of the city

Town twinning

Sunderland has twinned cities with

Individual evidence

  1. Mid 2018 Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 54 ° 53 ′  N , 1 ° 27 ′  W