Southwick, Sunderland


Southwick, Sunderland

Infobox UK place
official_name= Southwick
country= England
region= North East England
map_type= Tyne and Wear
population= 8,700
latitude= 54.9208
longitude= -1.4022
post_town= SUNDERLAND
postcode_area= SR
postcode_district= SR5
constituency_westminster= Sunderland North
metropolitan_borough= City of Sunderland
metropolitan_county= Tyne and Wear

Southwick, Sunderland (known locally as "Suddick") is a suburb on the north banks of the river Wear in the city of Sunderland in the county of Tyne and Wear. Southwick holds a new play park at the edge of Thompson Park which officialy opens on Play Day 2008. It is next to Fulwell.

Southwick borders with Castletown to the west, Monkwearmouth to the east, greenbelt farmland to the north, and the Wear to the south although the Queen Alexandra Bridge links Southwick to Pallion.

It is home to main police station that services the north of Sunderland. Southwick has a primary school, but no secondary school.

Southwick is centered around "The Green", a commercial area containing three listed buildings; a World War II war memorial, "The Tramcar Inn" a public house built in 1906, and a memorial lamp-post built in 1912. [http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/Pages/listedbuildings/lbresults.asp?Address3=Sunderland+North&offset=30]

According to "Indices of Deprivation" published by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in 2000, Southwick is the most deprived of the 25 wards in Sunderland, the fifth most deprived in Tyne and Wear, and the fifty-fifth in England. [http://www.tyne-wear-research.gov.uk/TWRI.nsf/a995f08678e0882f80256688005190dd/85ccf9e05e699cf9802569cb0035cea5/$FILE/IMD2000%20Tyne%20and%20Wear%20wards.doc]

Etymology

Southwick in Sunderland has a different origin to other places called Southwick: the name is of Scandinavian origin: and means "clearing by a marsh", from Old Norse "sogr" "moss, marsh, swamp (cf. modern "soggy")" and "þveit"/"thveit" ", clearing". The name was recorded as "Suvveite" in 1189.


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