A PHOTOGRAPHY competition has highlighted the best of Sunderland’s historic architecture.

Photographers from across the city submitted their work for the competition, which aimed to showcase the area around Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme.

This year’s theme was ‘historic architecture’ to shine a light on some of the beautiful listed buildings in the area.

Simon Woodley was chosen as the winner of the Bishopwearmouth Photography Competition for his photo of The Peacock pub.

‘Historic Architecture’ - Sunderland Photography Competition
Simon Woodley The Peacock

Second place went to Adam Appleby for his photo of Sunderland Minster, while third place was Ian Maggiore’s picture of Church Lane.

First prize was a £100 Sunderland Gift Card, with second place winning a £75 card and the third place photographer winning £50. Sunderland gift cards can be used at over 140 businesses across the Sunderland area.

The Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme is a heritage-led regeneration programme in Sunderland city centre that focuses on repairing historic buildings, improving public spaces and hosting events and activities to promote the history of the area.

‘Historic Architecture’ - A Sunderland's Photography Competition
Ian Maggiore Church Lane

The scheme is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sunderland City Council until 2023.

Councillor Linda Williams, Portfolio Holder for Vibrant City at Sunderland City Council, said: “The area covered by the Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme is home to some of Sunderland’s most impressive historic buildings, from Sunderland Minster and the Sunderland Empire theatre to the fantastic listed pubs The Peacock and The Dun Cow. The winning photos are fantastic and show the very best of the scheme’s area.”

One of the judges of the competition was Judith Miller, Townscape Heritage Project Officer at Sunderland City Council. She said:

” We had some wonderful entries to the Bishopwearmouth Photography Competition and judging it was a tough job, however we felt that the beautiful photo of The Peacock really captured the Townscape Heritage Scheme and showcased the best of Sunderland’s historic buildings.”

Sunderland City Council was awarded £1.9m in funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the Bishopwearmouth Townscape Heritage Scheme in 2018. A further £300k from the council, plus contributions from local building owners and tenants as part of the overall regeneration of the Minster Quarter will see an expected £3m invested over the five-year scheme.

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