Pre­serv­ing a piece of Sun­der­land history

Sunderland Echo - - Retro -

Builders re­gen­er­at­ing a his­toric part of Sun­der­land have pre­served me­men­toes of the past to make sure they will be re­tained for pos­ter­ity.

The orig­i­nal foun­da­tion stone and all of the street signs from homes in Tun­stall Vil­lage have been saved and handed over to Silksworth Heritage Group.

Lead­ing Wearside-based con­trac­tor Frank Haslam Mi­lan has been de­mol­ish­ing a num­ber of streets in the vil­lage, in prepa­ra­tion for 75 new rented homes to be built on the site.

But be­fore work­ers pulled down the old houses, they sal­vaged the foun­da­tion stone and all of the street signs, which bear the names of lo­cal coun­cil­lors who were work­ing at the time they were built.

En­thu­si­asts from the heritage group will look af­ter them and dis­play them at their reg­u­lar exhibitions. The Heritage Group has been run­ning for 12 years.

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