infobox UK place
map_type= Tyne and Wear
country = England
official_name= Bishopwearmouth
latitude= 54.90582
longitude= -1.388785
population = 14,000
metropolitan_borough= City of Sunderland
metropolitan_county= Tyne and Wear
region= North East England
constituency_westminster= Sunderland South
post_town= SUNDERLAND
postcode_area= SR
postcode_district= SR1
dial_code= 0191

Bishopwearmouth is an area in Sunderland, North East England.Bishopwearmouth was one of the original three settlements on the banks of the river Wear that merged to form modern Sunderland.The settlement was formed in 930 when Athelstan of England granted the lands to the Bishop of Durham. The settlement on the opposite side of the river, Monkwearmouth, had been founded 250 years earlier.The lands on the south-side of the river became known as Bishopwearmouth, a parish that covered around twenty square miles, encompassing settlements such as Ryhope and Silksworth - now part of the modern Sunderland urban area.Within the parish was another Settlement, Sunderland, which was a small fishing port at the mouth of the river. Over the centuries, the port would grow in both importance and size and in 1719 was made into parish independent from Bishopwearmouth.

Bishopwearmouth Christ Church was declared redundant on 11 February 1998 and later sold to become a Sikh Temple & community centre [ [ Redundant Churches statistics] ] . The church of Bishopwearmouth, St. Michael's, became Sunderland Minster in 1998.


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