About 170– 175 High street Sunderland
170-175 High Street West Sunderland consists of a locally significant group of 3 buildings (170/1, 172/3 and 174/5) in a very prominent position on the edge of Sunderland City Centre and within the City Centre High Street West Investment Corridor. These buildings have been acquired by the Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust (TWBPT) who are hoping to bring them back into use after a long period of neglect. With the support of the EU Open Heritage project, they opened the buildings to the public as part of Heritage Open Days 2019.
170-175 High Street West includes two listed buildings dating from the 1790s, and a third building is of a similar age. The construction of the terrace is part of the first phase of expansion away from the medieval heartland of the riverside area and out along the High Street, linking together Sunderland and Bishopwearmouth to form the genesis of the modern city. The original architectural form and style of the buildings convey the status of this area during this early period.
Historic England's Heritage Action Zone initiative aims to breathe new life into the Old Town of Sunderland and reconnect it with today's city centre. Historic England, Sunderland City Council and other local partners are working to restore important heritage sites that are at risk of being lost, we hop repairing these key buildings will help boost the local economy for many years to come. Created from research reports produced and commissioned by Historic England, this heritage walk aims to help people rediscover Sunderland's fascinating history.
Sunderland's Historic High Streets Action Zone is a partnership project led by Historic England and Sunderland City Council and involves Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust, The Churches Conservation Trust Sunderland Heritage Forum and Sunderland Culture.