Do you remember Sunderland’s post-war housing boom?

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Do you remember living in one of the tower block flats in Dame Dorothy Street in Sunderland’s historic Monkwearmouth area?

If you did, then these photographs from our archives will probably bring back some memories.

Thompson Road Play Park in August 1967, with the now-demolished Hahnemann Court in the background.

Thompson Road Play Park in August 1967, with the now-demolished Hahnemann Court in the background.

We have one showing St Peter’s Church and the surrounding area, plus another of a view taken from one of flats. Does anybody remember what that view was like then?

I am sure the residents of the flats in 1964 would not recognise the Monkwearmouth we see today.

There have been many changes over the years. Do you think they have all been for the better or would you rather go back in time?

Was your family one of the first residents to live in Thorney Close?

Dame Dorothy Street,  Monkwearmouth, in May 1964.

Dame Dorothy Street, Monkwearmouth, in May 1964.

One of our pictures shows the Bradley family receiving the keys to their new home in 1949.

Back in 1961, council houses at Town End Farm were attracting nationwide attention as an example of individuality in council house design.

Did you or your family live in one of these highly-thought of houses?

What was life like on these new estates? Times change, but do you think we were happier living on one of Sunderland’s many estates, knowing our neighbours and enjoying the community spirit?

Council houses at Gilley Law in September 1975.

Council houses at Gilley Law in September 1975.

Email your memories to chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk

A 1954 
picture of Grindon Village, where Sunderland Corporation faced a brick shortage which threatened to slow down the housing programme.

A 1954 picture of Grindon Village, where Sunderland Corporation faced a brick shortage which threatened to slow down the housing programme.