Torpedoes, traffic bunkers and town halls – mystery pictures from around Sunderland

SHIP SHAPE: HMS Dorsetshire in June 1941 - passed by censor if torpedo tubes were taken out of the photo.
SHIP SHAPE: HMS Dorsetshire in June 1941 - passed by censor if torpedo tubes were taken out of the photo.
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Nostalgia writer Sarah Stoner today delves into the Echo archives for the latest batch of vintage snaps in our Mystery Mondays series.

A MEANDER down memory lane to Wearside in the 1930s and 40s is on offer here - but can you help unlock the puzzles behind pictures?

RIVER VIEW: Unloading coal at Lambton Staiths in February 1947.

RIVER VIEW: Unloading coal at Lambton Staiths in February 1947.

Shots of the river, long-gone churches, Cherry Knowle Hospital and an election campaign are featured - as well as ships, shops and even Durham County Hall.

“This is the latest batch of images I’ve unearthed from the Echo’s old glass negatives collection but sadly, as usual, few have any details,” said archivist Susan Swinney.

“Obviously, some places haven’t changed - like County Hall. But others are mere memories, such as the Town Hall, and I would also like to put some names to faces too.”

A view of cobbles snowed up in the South Docks in 1947, Durham Road Methodist Church in 1938 and new cranes at the deep water quay in 1934 are included here.

ALL SMILES: HMS Cairo Reception at Sunderland Town Hall in September 1936.

ALL SMILES: HMS Cairo Reception at Sunderland Town Hall in September 1936.

Also featured in a 1936 reception for the crew of HMS Cairo at the Town Hall, HMS Dorsetshire visiting Sunderland in 1941 and the Daneshmand at Corporation Quay in 1947.

“The one of HMS Dorsetshire is interesting, because it was passed by the wartime censor for publication - but ONLY if the torpedo tubes were blacked out,” said Susan.

“I also like the one of Daneshmand. The ship was launched as Empire Sally in 1945, but later re-named. It was the first Wear ship built with a complete air conditioning system.

“My favourite from this week’s collection, however, has to be the shot taken down the East End during the General Election in November 1935. It is a wonderful picture.”

HOSPITAL VIEW: Cherry Knowle Hospital  March 1941.

HOSPITAL VIEW: Cherry Knowle Hospital March 1941.

l Do you have information to share on any of the images? Email susan.swinney@jpress.co.uk

AIRY: The Daneshmand in Corporation Quay in 1947 - the first ship to be built on the river with a complete air conditioning system.

AIRY: The Daneshmand in Corporation Quay in 1947 - the first ship to be built on the river with a complete air conditioning system.

BUSY DAY: Traffic control in Durham Market Place.

BUSY DAY: Traffic control in Durham Market Place.

ELECTION SCENE: The East End in November 1935 during the General Election.

ELECTION SCENE: The East End in November 1935 during the General Election.

CONCRETE: The Cretehawser concrete ship, which was built on the River Wear circa 1915 and is pictured here in 1935.

CONCRETE: The Cretehawser concrete ship, which was built on the River Wear circa 1915 and is pictured here in 1935.

WATER WORKS: Deep Water Quay - new cranes in 1934.

WATER WORKS: Deep Water Quay - new cranes in 1934.

BYGONE DAYS: Durham Road Methodist Church March 1938.

BYGONE DAYS: Durham Road Methodist Church March 1938.

THIRTIES SCENE: Dredger in the River Wear in June 1936.

THIRTIES SCENE: Dredger in the River Wear in June 1936.