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The East End of Sunderland houses some fantastic hidden history; some of which we hope to uncover as part of The Canny Space Project. During the summer of 2015 we worked in partnership with Sunderland Library Services, local organisation’s and local people who kindly shared some of their memories with us about living in the Garths and the East End of Sunderland from 1940 to 1995.
The images you will see were shared with the project from many sources; including residents, local organisations, local studies, social media and individual collections.
'The Garths' is the generic name given to large public housing projects built in the late 1930's in the East End of Sunderland, close to the harbour area just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Each building had its own name and unique culture with a strong sense of 'place' and community.
Working with local people, organisations and community groups we have recorded the memories of some of the first residents and across the decades to some of the very last to live in the Garths. Mostly (but not all) demolished and gone, this page offers an insight into these buildings, their features and the amazing stories of those who lived there.
"..The Garths, a Modernist mass housing project which accommodated around 1,000 people in blocks of flats with access balconie. With a quadrangular form and brick construction, the Garths were reminiscent of worker housing blocks designed by Modernist architect J.J.P. Oud in Holland...”
(Architectural historian Dr Michael Johnson)
Remembering the East End, the film
Talking Heads Videos
At various times and locations across the summer of 2015 we were offered the privilege of recording the stories from those who lived in one of the many Garths. These short clips can be viewed below. A link is also offered to view each video fullscreen. From the war torn years of the 40's to the pulling down of most of the Garths in the 90's their stories span the decades living in these amazing public housing schemes.
Images taken during this project
Images of those involved and who gave their time freely to share with us thoughts and feelings about living in The Garth's.
Old images of the Garths and the East End of Sunderland
External links to other sites related to the Garths in Sunderland
Sunderland Echo - East End born and bred (Facebook group) - 1997 article about the Garths coming down - Wear Garth from above - Old images on Flickr - Sunderland Antiquarian Society (street naming) - Article on Sunderland between the wars -
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