Hendon docks, 1969
Hendon shown within Tyne and Wear
|Metropolitan borough||City of Sunderland|
|Metropolitan county||Tyne and Wear|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Fire||Tyne and Wear|
|EU Parliament||North East England|
|UK Parliament||Sunderland South|
Shipbuilding in Sunderland began in Hendon with the opening of a shipyard by Thomas Menvill in 1346.
The old East End of Sunderland was home to barracks until the 1900s. They were located on the south side near the south docks, near present-day Warren Court (formerly known as Warren Street). The first aluminium bascule bridge in the world, spans the junction of Hendon and Hudson Docks. It is a listed structure.
The Victoria Hall Disaster occurred in the area on 16 June 1883 when 183 children died during a crush in a theatre, while running down the stairs in search of free toys. It remains the worst stampede disaster in British history.
The area was home to Sunderland AFC's first ground, The Blue House Field. The club was founded at the nearby Hendon Board School in 1879 by James Allen. Partly on its site now is the Raich Carter Sports Centre, named after a famous footballer born in the area.
- Milburn, Geoffrey E.; Miller, S.T. (1989), Sunderland: River, Town and People, Thomas Reed Publications, ISBN 0-947637-06-0
- It was destroyed by Sunderland council in the 70's sunderlandtoday.co.uk
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