infobox UK place
map_type= Tyne and Wear
country = England
population = 14,000
City of Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
region= North East England
constituency_westminster= Sunderland South
Bishopwearmouth is an area in
Sunderland, North East England.Bishopwearmouth was one of the original three settlements on the banks of the river Wearthat merged to form modern Sunderland.The settlement was formed in 930 when Athelstan of Englandgranted 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 parishthat covered around twenty square miles, encompassing settlements such as Ryhopeand Silksworth- now part of the modern Sunderland urban area.Within the parish was another Settlement, Sunderland, which was a small fishing portat 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 [ [http://www.cofe.anglican.org/about/churchcommissioners/redchurches/stats/ Redundant Churches statistics] ] . The church of Bishopwearmouth, St. Michael's, became
Sunderland Minsterin 1998.
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