Facts about Sunderland

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  1. bigmarlon

    bigmarlon Midfield

    The Wearmouth Colliery shaft, opened in 1835, was the deepest mineshaft in the world, reaching a depth of 1700ft.

    When the Titanic sunk one survivor was a Sunderland man originally from Southwick – working in the engine room of the doomed liner.

    When US President Abraham Lincoln was assasinated in 1865 he was watching a play by Sunderland born Tom Taylor – the play was titled “Our American Cousin”.

    In 1923, Sunderland Chief Constable F. J. Crawley pioneered phone boxes.
  2. TheWanderer

    TheWanderer Striker

    On 31st August, 1976, Mr TheWanderer was born in Sunderland and is believed to be the only surviving human to be born with two stomachs.
  3. Both the light bulb and hand grenade were invented in Sunderland and the first place in Britain to make glass. I think these are all shattering facts.
  4. West_Winger

    West_Winger Winger

    It was the 7th most bombed town in WW2 because of its shipbuilding connections.
  5. Stubbs ftm

    Stubbs ftm Winger

    Ulysses S Grant lay the foundation stone for the museum in town.

    It was the first place in England where the Cholera epidemic was reported in the 1800's

    As a result of the Victoria Hall disaster, emergency exits were made to open outovers
  6. Hank Scorpio

    Hank Scorpio Midfield

    Before being named a City, it was the biggest town in Europe
  7. Bins only emptied once a fortnight?
  8. Kermit

    Kermit Full Back

    It is the greatest place on earth with the finest folk to go with it
  9. ISOE II

    ISOE II Central Defender

    As Wearmouth Collierys shaft was brick lined it was also the tallest brick wall in the world
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  10. Iballistic George

    Iballistic George Central Defender

    If it was a shaft then Shirley it would be a chimney no
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  11. ISOE II

    ISOE II Central Defender

  12. Svejk

    Svejk Goalkeeper

    We were the biggest city in Europe without a cinema for a good few years after the one at Park Lane closed
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  13. CEF

    CEF Midfield

    Invented in Gateshead (by someone from Sunderland)
  14. the boot

    the boot Midfield

    Plarzy square (pennywell) was the first street in Britain where everyone had sky tv.

    Bunny hill is man made.
    Waste from hylton castle iirc.
  15. Sunderland AFC were once crowned Champions of the World :cool:
  16. citybythesea

    citybythesea Midfield

    isambard brunel designed and built the north dock at the harbour

    St.Bede recalculated the Christian calendar at monkwearmouth
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  17. Amnorrageordie

    Amnorrageordie Midfield

    The old wearmouth bridge was once the longest single span cast iron bridge in the world.
  18. MackneyHackem

    MackneyHackem Midfield

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  19. citybythesea

    citybythesea Midfield

    The Alex bridge was once the heaviest in the country and had anti aircraft weapons stationed on the top deck during WWII

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