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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.

What are your sto­ries of the pubs of by­gone days.

Which was your favourite wa­ter­ing hole.

Tell us your mem­o­ries. Email chris.cord­ner@jpress. co.uk

The Up­per Deck; above in­set, the Sun­der­land An­ti­quar­ian So­ci­ety logo.

The New Shades on the cor­ner of Hen­don Road and Addison Street.

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