Pictures of 10 old Sunderland pubs you may (or may not) remember from their glory days

Oak bar - to be found at corner of King Street and South Street from the 1860s.

Oak bar - to be found at corner of King Street and South Street from the 1860s.

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Today we raise a glass to Wearside watering holes of the past - some still serving beer and cheer, others a mere memory.

“Hundreds of pubs 
once lined the streets of Sunderland,” said Susan 
Swinney, photographic archivist for the Sunderland Echo.

Waltons Hotel - originally the Fawcett Street residence of Sir James Laing in Victorian times.

Waltons Hotel - originally the Fawcett Street residence of Sir James Laing in Victorian times.

“Indeed, in 1797 there were 187 ale houses – but of course, at that time, it was actually safer to drink beer than polluted water.”

Among today’s selection of old pubs are much-mourned watering holes such as the Argo Frigate, Globe, Bells, Oak and Walton’s.

But others, including the Borough, Windsor Castle, Pallion Inn, Shipwrights and Excelsior, are still serving – or only recently departed.

“Let’s give a toast to 
Wearside’s pubs past and present, and here’s hoping these old photos bring back many happy memories,” 
said Susan.

“Hundreds of pubs once lined the streets of Sunderland. In 1797 there were 187 ale houses - but of course, at that time, it was actually safer to drink beer than polluted water.”

Susan Swinney, photographic archivist for the Sunderland Echo.
The Windsor Castle - Nile Street.

The Windsor Castle - Nile Street.

Shipwrights Arms in 1996.

Shipwrights Arms in 1996.

The Pallion Inn 1994.

The Pallion Inn 1994.

Excelsior pub in 1988.

Excelsior pub in 1988.

The Globe, 22 High Street East.

The Globe, 22 High Street East.

The Bells - based in Bridge Street and originally known as the Spirit Vaults. Owned by James Henderson, father of the first chairman of Sunderland FC, it was demolished in 1962. A painting by Charles Hemy once hung in the pub.

The Bells - based in Bridge Street and originally known as the Spirit Vaults. Owned by James Henderson, father of the first chairman of Sunderland FC, it was demolished in 1962. A painting by Charles Hemy once hung in the pub.

The Borough.

The Borough.

The Argo Friigate - with the old Echo office next door.

The Argo Friigate - with the old Echo office next door.