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Barnes is a suburb of Sunderland, situated about a mile west of the city centre. The area is split into Barnes and High Barnes, which lies aorund Barnes Park and the Bede Sixth Form Centre of City of Sunderland College. Barnes is the land towards the eastern end of the area.

Barnes is bounded by Chester Road on the north, Durham Road on the south, Springwell Road to the west and the city centre to the east. However, these boundaries are not officially set and so views vary as to where the area begins and ends.

Barnes Park was laid out in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Taken together with its post war extensions, which run to the former county borough boundary, it is the largest park in the city. However, soon these extensions may not be part of Barnes Park as they will have their own name and identities.

There is two churches in the vicinity of High Barnes, Ewesley Road Methodist Church and St. Gabriel's Church which is on Kayll Road, a road perpendicular to Chester Road.

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History

The land that is now Barnes was once owned by the Bishop of Durham and was little more than fields in the Middle Ages. Over the years it has been owned by several families: the Daltons, the Bowes, the Pembertons and the Ettricks (These four families are now the names of the four houses in Barnes Junior School). During World War 2 several houses were destroyed in the blitz. Evidence of this remains, with a small bomb crater near Nora Street.

Politics

The current councillors for the Barnes area are Conservative. These are Councillor Lee Martin, Councillor Anthony Morrissey and Councillor Michael Arnott

Transport

Barnes is well served by buses on Chester and Durham Roads, with frequent services to the city centre, as well as Newcastle, Durham, Consett and Washington. Services also exist for Herrington, Silksworth, Farringdon and Hastings Hill. Aside from the main bus lanes, the 5/5A and the 35 services provide a service to the town centre from Ormonde Street and Barnes Park. Barnes has no metro station, but Pallion, Millfield and University stations are within walking distance.

Coordinates: 54°53′51″N 1°24′28″W / 54.89759°N 1.40771°W / 54.89759; -1.40771

External links

  • [1] for history of Ettrick family within Barnes
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