St Michael and All Angels Church, Houghton-Le-Spring

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St Michael and All Angels Church is of Saxon foundation, the Saxon doorway and walls were discovered during excavations in 2008. The Saxon doorway can be viewed through a glass panel in the floor. There are also hints of earlier non Christian worship occupying the site. There is a high probability that the remains of a Roman temple lie under the chancel, and a whinstone boulder circle suggests that St Michael's may once have been a site of Neolithic worship. Today, half of what can be seen above ground is medieval, built in the 1300's. This includes the columns and central tower, while the north wall and roof are Victorian.

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L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.

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