Infobox UK place
region= North East England
map_type= Tyne and Wear
constituency_westminster= Sunderland South
City of Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
Ashbrooke is a residential area of
Sunderland, Englanddirectly south and south-west of the city centre.
Ashbrooke developed through the
Victorian eraas Sunderland's first suburb. Originally occupied by large middle-class families, including much of Wearside's Jewishpopulation, a fair number of the larger residences have been reorganised into dwellings of multiple occupancy, home to studentsand young professionals.
The large, well-built houses, the wide, tree-lined avenues, and the often colourful street names ('The Esplanade', 'The Oaks', 'The Elms', 'West Lawn', 'Holmlands Park') signify the area's affluence. This affluence is also reflected by the fact that Sunderland's most prestigious schools were founded in the area, including
Sunderland High School(mixed), St Aidans RC School(boys) and St. Anthonys School (girls).
The area lies within walking distance of Park Lane and University stations on the
Tyne and Wear Metrosystem.
Local punk band
The Toy Dollswrote a song about Ashbrooke Launderette on their 1987 album Bare Faced Cheek. Various members of the band still either live or work in Ashbrooke.
Ashbrooke Sports Ground, opened May 30th 1887 for cricket and rugby, is home to many amateur sports associations such as bowls, cricket, tennis, hockey, squash and rugby union.
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