PICTURE SPECIAL: Mysteries from history

CALL TO ARMS: DLI soldiers marching through Sunderland after being granted the Freedom of the Borough.
CALL TO ARMS: DLI soldiers marching through Sunderland after being granted the Freedom of the Borough.
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NOSTALGIA writer Sarah Stoner today delves into the Echo archives once again for the latest batch of bygone snaps in our Mystery Mondays series.

Mystery surrounds this treasure trove of vintage photos – many featuring dock scenes, city views and war heroes.

POSH NOSH: Students in the dining hall at Lumley Castle in 1947 - when it was used as a hostel for students of University College, Durham.

POSH NOSH: Students in the dining hall at Lumley Castle in 1947 - when it was used as a hostel for students of University College, Durham.

A march by Durham Light Infantry troops after being granted the Freedom of Sunderland, Dykeland Road Drill Hall soldiers and a DLI Colour Presentation are among the images.

Shots of Dykelands Road under construction in 1936, students at Lumley Castle in 1947 and the opening of Corporation Quay in 1934 by Sir John Priestman are also featured.

“This is the latest batch of fantastic images I’ve unearthed from our old glass negatives,” said Echo archivist Susan Swinney.

“But, sadly, very few have names, dates or places.

BYGONE DURHAM: Framwellgate Bridge with Herring & Sons Hatters and Hosiers, Freeman Hardy and Willis and Cash Boot Co just visable. Date unknown.

BYGONE DURHAM: Framwellgate Bridge with Herring & Sons Hatters and Hosiers, Freeman Hardy and Willis and Cash Boot Co just visable. Date unknown.

“Each time I dip into the archives I find new treasures. Digitising each one helps preserve them for the future – but I’d very much like to gather further information on the images too.”

Other shots featured today include an undated scene of bygone Durham, as well as the South Docks entrance in 1948 and an aerial view of Roker – possibly from the 1930s.

A mystery circus and the first ship to be coal bunkered at Sunderland – SS Browning – are pictured too.

“The construction of Dykelands Road is one of my favourites, as is the Durham scene.

MYSTERY CIRCUS: This circus must have visited Sunderland the 1930s or 40s - but its name, and the date, are a mystery.

MYSTERY CIRCUS: This circus must have visited Sunderland the 1930s or 40s - but its name, and the date, are a mystery.

“The one of the DLI soldiers marching is facinating too – I just wish I knew the date,” said Susan.

“The images of the opening of Corporation Quay in 1934 are stunning too, of course, as they are part of Sunderland’s rich history - as are the lovely dockyard and shipping scenes.”

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

OPENING TIME: Sir John Priestman opens the new Corporation Quay in October 1934.

OPENING TIME: Sir John Priestman opens the new Corporation Quay in October 1934.

TOUGH TASK: Work on a new staith at the South Docks - date unknown.

TOUGH TASK: Work on a new staith at the South Docks - date unknown.

DOCK SCENE: Work in progress at the new Corporation Quay in the 1930s.

DOCK SCENE: Work in progress at the new Corporation Quay in the 1930s.

BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Roker from the air - but when was this taken?

BIRD'S EYE VIEW: Roker from the air - but when was this taken?

DOCK SCENE: SS Browning - the "first ship to be coal-bunkered" at Sunderland. The ship was built as War Marten in 1919 but completed as Browning. She was laid up on the River Fal during the depression and rejoined the company Lamport and Holt in 1934. Perhaps she was fresh out of Greenwell's drydock after her lay up when photographed here.

DOCK SCENE: SS Browning - the "first ship to be coal-bunkered" at Sunderland. The ship was built as War Marten in 1919 but completed as Browning. She was laid up on the River Fal during the depression and rejoined the company Lamport and Holt in 1934. Perhaps she was fresh out of Greenwell's drydock after her lay up when photographed here.

ON PARADE: Dykelands Road Drill Hall  July 1947.

ON PARADE: Dykelands Road Drill Hall July 1947.

RIVER VIEW: The training ship Maisie Graham moored to the new Corporation Quay in 1934.

RIVER VIEW: The training ship Maisie Graham moored to the new Corporation Quay in 1934.