Below is some genealogy information and websites about the history and social geography of Sunderland.
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Description: Located in Tyne and Wear, Sunderland sits upon the mouth of the River Wear. A natural port, Sunderland supported salt and coal mining and ship-building well before the 1800s. In 1850 the port was rapidly expanded. This was put to good use in the Second World War when some 245 merchant ships were built in just 6 years. Sunderland also employed a number of people in glass-making as well as in brewing (Vaux Brewing). They were connected to the rail network in 1879. Traditionally, Sunderland was part of County Durham it became part of Tyne and Wear in 1974.