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15739


Sunderland


East Rainton, Durham Road, troughs


East Rainton


NZ34NW


Water Supply and Drainage


Water Storage Site


Trough


Post Medieval


C16


Structure


A spring near the bottom of Rainton Bank feeds into two stone troughs. Local tradition says that in 1558 Rector of Houghton-le-Spring, Bernard Gilpin was on route to London having been summoned by Queen Mary to declare his religion (Gilpin was a Protestant, the Queen was a Catholic) when he stopped at the troughs, which were fed by the spring, to water his horse. As he dismounted, he fell and broke his leg. He was forced to return home. While his leg was healing Queen Mary died. Queen Elizabeth I was a Protestant and so Bernard Gilpin's life was saved. The date of the troughs is not known. They are now (2013) surrounded by pretty planting and gravel. There are several springs around East Rainton shown on the OS first edition map.


3368


4838


NZ33684838



East Rainton Women's Institute, ?1940s, History of East Rainton (typescript);

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