Sunderland City Council was awarded £1.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund in June 2018 to undertake a Townscape Heritage Scheme within the Bishopwearmouth Conservation Area.
This five year project will provide grant assistance to owners and tenants of historic buildings, undertake improvements to the open space which forms the medieval core of the conservation area, and provide a range of activities and events to promote the heritage of the area. Please see below for a plan of the target area.
The council would like your feedback on your experiences of the Bishopwearmouth area, please complete our survey.
The results will be used to assess the success of the Townscape Heritage Scheme.
The Bishopwearmouth Conservation Area was designated in 1969 and centred upon the core of the medieval village. This was then extended in 1989 to include the surrounding 19th and early 20th century development in recognition of the varied architectural and historic interest. The boundary includes a range of high quality Victorian and Edwardian buildings such as the Empire Theatre, and the Dun Cow and Peacock public houses, as well as the historic core of the medieval settlement around Sunderland Minster and Town Park.
The City Council undertook a review of the designated conservation area in 2017 and produced an updated Conservation Area Management Plan as part of our Townscape Heritage bid which highlights the unique significance of the area and sets out our commitment to future management. As part of the review process the designated boundary was extended to include Keel Square, in recognition of the role of this space in the regeneration of the conservation area and of the wider cultural quarter. The Council adopted the new document on 20th June 2018 please see link below:
Town Park is an important but undersold green space in the heart of the historic settlement of Bishopwearmouth, and includes the remains of the medieval village green. The City Council is planning to undertake public realm works to Town Park as part of the Townscape Heritage Scheme including new surfacing, planting, lighting and a new central seating and performance space. These works will maximise the park's potential as a visitor destination and enhance the status of the medieval green, both visually and historically. If our funding bid is approved we expect to start works in Spring 2019.
We have prepared aand visualisations which explain our vision for the revitalised public space.
The City Council is holding a special walking tour of the Townscape Heritage area on Tuesday 4th December 2018 at 2pm to say thank you to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.
The free walking tour will focus on the architectural highlights of the conservation area and explain the planned building restoration projects and landscaping works to rejuvenate Town Park.
The tour will last approximately one hour and starts from Town Park (the green space behind Sunderland Minster). Pre-booking preferred but not essential. All visitors should show a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard on the day (all games accepted). One ticket or scratchcard admits up to four people.
We are one of hundreds of National Lottery funded projects and venues participating in the Thanks to You Campaign from across the UK. Further details of all the events taking place from 3rd to 9th December are available here.