Sunderland Bridge is now a village in County Durham, England, about 3 miles (4.8 km) south of Durham City. It lies close to the confluence of the River Wear and River Browney. Since 1974 it has formed part of the civil parish of Croxdale and Hett, within the unitary district of County Durham. Local government responsibilities are shared between parish and district councils.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Sunderland Bridge from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
Sunderland Bridge was originally a township in Durham St. Oswald ancient parish. It became a civil parish in 1866 and part of the Durham Rural District from 1894 until 1974. It was transferred to the City of Durham non-metropolitan district in 1974 when it joined with the township and civil parish of Hett to become the modern civil parish of Croxdale and Hett. Since 2009 County Durham has been a unitary authority.
The village of Croxdale and Croxdale Hall were until 1974 part of the parish of Sunderland Bridge. Croxdale has been redirected here. For more on the village, see Wikipedia.
The bridge named Sunderland Bridge originally carried the Great North Road (A1) across the River Wear, and probably dates back to the 14th century. It is built of dressed sandstone with four semicircular arches. The bridge has undergone several rebuilds, with the end arches being rebuilt in 1770, the parapets widened in 1822, and new end walls built in the 19th century. It is a grade I listed structure.