great many of the pubs went in the 1960s during slum clearances, an dd uring schemes which built on the bombdamaged areas that had been left over after the end of the Second World War.
Historic inns, hotels and taverns all went in the East End, Hendon, Monkwearmouth and town centre areas.
It was a period in the city’s history when pubs in Sunderland made way for new housing, roads, shops, factories and restaurants.
And some of the larger new constructions actually accounted for the demise of a number of licensed premises at one time.
The Garrick’s Head in Bedford Street and the Caledonia, Imperial Vaults and Theatre Tavern in Lambton Street all went for the complex containing cinemas, casino and bowling alley.
The Crowtree Inn, Three Tuns and Red Lion were demolished for the Crowtree Leisure Centre. Half of this building has itself recently been knocked down.
In recent years social and economic factors have seen another spate of pub closures.
Thirty pubs a week are closing around the country and Wearside has not escaped unscathed.
Even some of the new pubs built during the 1960s have now gone.
The Upper Deck opened as the town centre was redeveloped.
But it became a victim itself of another phase of redevelopment when a roof was erec t ed over The Bridges shopping centre.
The Slipway and Schooner were built in the mid 1960s to serve the residents of Town End Farm but the bulldozhave ers accountboth. ed for
Closure and rebuild have not always gone hand in hand.
The Brewery Tap on the Vaux site closed in 2000 but has still not been redeveloped.
Our featured photographs show;
l The Fort Inn on Roker Avenue in its heyday. Despite benefitting from match-day trade due to its location near the Stadium of Light, in April 2016 the pub is closed and boarded-up.
l The Ship Inn in the days when horse-drawn fire engines kept the town safe. The famous old pub stood on the corner of High Street East and Sans Street. In later years it was known as the Corner House.
l The Corner House, formerly the Ship Inn, sur- vived into the twentieth century but is now demolished.
l The New Shades on the corner of Hendon Road and Addison Street. In the redevelopment of Hendon in the 1960s, the New Shades was one of many pubs pulled down.
l The Linden Arms in the street of the same name in Hendon. Pub regulars were to enjoy a new form of entertainment from 1886 when the premises was granted a billiards licence. The Linden Arms was demolished in 1971.
l The Upper Deck’s location in Walworth Way was to lead to its closure after 20 years as the roof went over The Bridges.
l The Black Cow in Deptford occupied the gable end of a terraced street. Last orders were served at the pub in the mid 1970s.
l Waterman’s Tavern in Turnbull Street in the East End. To illustrate just how much the area had undergone change over the years, the pub’s address had previously been Fitters Row, Hat Case, Bull Open and Plumbers Alley. This old local for East Enders finally closed at the end of the 1960s.
l The Crowtree Inn was one of three pubs in a row in Crowtree Road. Next door was the Three Tuns and next to that was the Red Lion. All three pubs closed in the early 1970s to make way for the construction of the leisure centre.
l The Slipway on Blackwood Road at Town End Farm. This was one of two pubs built on the estate in the 1960s (the other was the Schooner) with both now demolished.
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The Upper Deck; above inset, the Sunderland Antiquarian Society logo.
The New Shades on the corner of Hendon Road and Addison Street.