More of Sunderland's heritage going under the bulldozer.
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Sunderland Council officers are thought to be asking for approval to demolish another historic building in Whickam St. Sunderland.
The building, 'J. Speeding & co. Sailworks' is a former 19th century warehouse and is of "industrial heritage significance". The proposal is to demolish the building to make way for more student accommodation with 68 en-suite rooms and 14 communal spaces including spaces for car parking and bicycle storage.
I may not live in Monkwearmouth but this site belongs to the heritage of industrial ship building and manufacturing of not just mine but of hundreds, if not thousands, of other Wearside families around the world.
My grandad was a fitter/tuner who helped build the Wearmouth Bridge and my other grandad was a ship builder. The hardworking men and women of Sunderland during this buildings era deserve the honour of rememberance and by holding onto this site, I believe we can help hold on to our heritage.
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