News Heading: Heritage Action Zone HAZ
News Date: 11 Mar 2018 / 14:41:42
News Details: Early in 2017 a group of local Volunteers were called to an urgent meeting at Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland was being considered as a possible Heritage action Zone by Historic England and The East End of the Town was not included in the original application, and this despite the area housing the only two Grade 1 listed buildings in the City. namely Holy Trinity Church and Ourselves at The Phoenix Hall, along with many more of Sunderland historic treasures.

A rapid application was created supported by the many groups represented and with the assistance of the Council Heritage Officer Mark Taylor. A Group from Historic England, formerly part of English Heritage visited the area and were given a guided tour around the many facinating places we have in the East end of the City, culminating with a visit to the Masonic Temple, where the group received a short Talk on the building by W Bro John James and W Bro David Dorward of the Queen Street Heritage Trust.

This 15 minute talk extended to nearly an hour such was the interest of the panel of attendees in the history of the Masonic Hall. It was obviously recieved well and happily for all those concerned from all interested groups we managed to achieve recognition and secure the area in the East End of Sunderland (The Original Old Sunderland) to become the centre piece of the Heritage Action Zone.