Britain By Car - A Motoring History

Sunderland

Situated at the mouth of the River Wear, the city’s recorded history goes back at least as far as the seventh century, with the district of Monkwearmouth being closely associated with the early development of Christianity in Britain.

Until relatively recently Sunderland was most famous for shipbuilding and coal mining, which have now largely been replaced by electronic and mechanical engineering, paper, textiles - and motor manufacturing.