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The Gilley Law Tower blocks and surrounding village

Gilley Law or otherwise known as Lakeside Village is a neighbourhood in Sunderland, England. [1]



Gilley Law is situated to the Southwest of Sunderland City Centre and is bordered by Farringdon, New Silksworth and Doxford Park. The stream Hendon Burn runs directly through the suburb and goes underneath the housing area.


The term Gilley is derived from the old Norse term Gill (ravine) which refers to a form of valley or ravine, [2] whilst "Law" refers to a hill. This makes the literal name of the suburb "Hill Valley".

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  2. Anderson, G. K. (1938). "Two Ballads from Nineteenth Century Ohio". The Journal of American Folklore. 51 (199): 38–46. doi:10.2307/535942. "I suggest-and it is only a tentative suggestion-that "g(u)ile" is "gill," spelled by Wordsworth "ghyll," a ravine or valley inclosing a small water-course."