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East Herrington

Coordinates: 54°52′15″N 1°26′31″W / 54.8709°N 1.4420°W / 54.8709; -1.4420

Herrington
Tyne and Wear
Metropolitan borough City of Sunderland
Metropolitan county Tyne and Wear
Region North East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SUNDERLAND
Postcode district SR3
Police Northumbria
Fire Tyne and Wear
Ambulance North East
EU Parliament North East England
UK Parliament Sunderland South
List of places
UK
England
Tyne and Wear

Herrington is an area in the south of Sunderland, formerly in County Durham in North East England.

The Herringtons are split into East & Middle and West and New villages. East and Middle Herrington is now a largely residential area just off the A690. West and New Herrington are across the A19 road from East and Middle Herrington near Doxford International Business Park.

History

The land was claimed by the Monks of St Cuthbert and belonged to the possessions of the Bishoprics of Lindisfarne and later Durham. For centuries, dating back as far as 1200, the villages were small farming communities. All the farms in the Herrington area were originally owned by the Lambton Estates, with the Lambton's mark (glazed earthenware ram's head) being displayed prominently on one of the buildings in each farm.

Herrington Hall

From at least Tudor times there was a Hall in Middle Herrington, occupied by a local family called Robinson. A long line of Robinsons lived here with property at Cleadon, Hetton-le-Hole, Whitburn and Houghton-le-Spring but their principal business interests became centred on the quayside at Southwick where they were maltsters. In the late 18th Century one Robinson married Robert Surtees, the great historian of the country; another married a son of the poet Robert Burns. The last to live there was Ralph Robinson but in 1795 it was sold to William Beckwith from Thurcroft, Yorkshire.


Herrington Country Park

In the 19th century, the Durham Coalfield began to take shape, and a number of collieries were established in the area, including one in New Herrington. Today, the former colliery site is the Herrington Country Park which plays host to the Durham County Show and the North East Motor Show. On 7 and 8 May 2005, Radio 1's Big Weekend was staged on the Herrington Country Park site. Notable artists who performed that year include Foo Fighters, Kasabian and The Black Eyed Peas.

Sport

The now-defunct football club Herrington Swifts were in existence in the early 20th century. Jack Middlemas, who played over 200 league games for York City, began his career with Swifts, as did James Bewick and Stanley Cowie.

External links

  • The Herrington Heritage Group


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