That was the Mowbray Park – once the oldest in town – and its history is in the spotlight thanks to a Wearside historian.
Want to know more? Philip Curtis, from Sunderland Antiquarian Society, takes up the tale.
Until its demolition in 2007, the Mowbray Park Hotel was the oldest hotel in Sunderland.
It began life as a thatched cottage called the Gardener’s Tavern but in August 1842,after major rebuilding, the Mowbray Arms opened to the public on the corner of Borough Road