North Sunderland

Coordinates: 55°34′37″N 1°39′36″W / 55.577°N 1.660°W / 55.577; -1.660
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North Sunderland
North Sunderland is located in Northumberland
North Sunderland
North Sunderland
Location within Northumberland
Population1,803 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid referenceNU215315
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNE68
AmbulanceNorth East
UK Parliament
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55°34′37″N 1°39′36″W / 55.577°N 1.660°W / 55.577; -1.660

North Sunderland is a fishing village on the coast of Northumberland, England, and adjacent to Seahouses. The population of the civil parish was 1,803 at the 2001 census, increasing to 1,959 at the 2011 Census.[2]


The name North Sunderland may be of Old English origin,[3] and differently-derived to the much larger Sunderland 60 miles to its south. The first element is sūðer, meaning "south, southern", while the second is land, "land".[3] The name means "southern-land",[3] and is analogous in its derivation to Sutherland in Scotland.


Historically, the inland village of North Sunderland grew significantly when the nearby coast was developed as a harbour. Houses were built, particularly in connection with the herring fishery. Community growth became concentrated around these sea-houses, eventually being recognised under the name Seahouses.[4] In practice, there is no recognisable boundary between the two.


North Sunderland and Seahouses are within the civil parish of North Sunderland and the Northumberland County Council electoral division of Bamburgh. The parliamentary constituency is Berwick-upon-Tweed, represented by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, a Conservative.


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics Archived 2011-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Key to English Place Names". The University of Nottingham. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Keys to the Past, Ref No N13842". Archived from the original on 7 January 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2012.

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