Ashbrooke


Ashbrooke

Infobox UK place
official_name= Ashbrooke
country= England
region= North East England
map_type= Tyne and Wear
latitude= 54.895
longitude= -1.388
post_town= SUNDERLAND
postcode_area= SR
postcode_district= SR2
constituency_westminster= Sunderland South
metropolitan_borough= City of Sunderland
metropolitan_county= Tyne and Wear

Ashbrooke is a residential area of Sunderland, England directly south and south-west of the city centre.

Ashbrooke developed through the Victorian era as Sunderland's first suburb. Originally occupied by large middle-class families, including much of Wearside's Jewish population, a fair number of the larger residences have been reorganised into dwellings of multiple occupancy, home to students and 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 Metro system.

Local punk band The Toy Dolls wrote a song about Ashbrooke Launderette on their 1987 album Bare Faced Cheek. Various members of the band still either live or work in Ashbrooke.

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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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