DescriptionSunderland underland Minster, High Street West 28th October 2013 A Church dedicated to St Michael has stood on this site for over a thousand years. For most of that time, it has been known as ‘Bishopwearmouth Parish Church’. The parish of Bishopwearmouth, south of the River Wear was founded in around 940AD, with an original stone church being built shortly afterwards. The first evidence of a church on the site arose in a 1930s excavation when Saxon stones were found. Due to colliery subsidence, the church was virtually re-built beyond recognition in the early 20th century. In 1998, following the grant of City status, the Church was redesignated as ‘Sunderland Minster’: possibly the first Minster Church in England since the Reformation. In May 2007, with the adoption of Benedict Bishop as Sunderland’s Patron Saint, the church was redesignated as an Extra Parochial Place with the addition of St Benedict Biscop in its title.
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