18 pictures showing the journey of Ryhope

Victorian engineering at its best can be seen at the Ryhope Engines Museum.
Victorian engineering at its best can be seen at the Ryhope Engines Museum.

Today we thought we would take a photographic journey back to one of the Sunderland’s coastal villages, Ryhope.

Digging into our archives we have uncovered a wide range of images showing life in the village over the years.

One picture shows the iconic Grade II listed building of Ryhope Pumping Station, which was built in 1868 to supply water to the Sunderland area but which eventually closed in 1967.

The station no longer pumps water but is a volunteer-run museum and a major visitor attraction for the area.

Take a look at our young ‘tattie pickers’ from Ryhope Comprehensive School. Do you recognise any of them?

What are your memories of potato picking? Let us know.

In was in December 1969 that Ryhope lost one of its biggest landmarks – it was demolition day for the 200ft switch head shaft at Ryhope Colliery, which came crashing down even though the pit had closed in 1966.

Was Ryhope village life different in the not so distant past?

Email chris.corder@jpress.co.uk with your memories