Sunderland Point

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Looking across the Lune.

Oh, I haven’t done that for a while: this post ought to have preceded my last one. Not to worry.

This was another, short, half-term wander. One of our cars was booked in for a warranty service at a garage on the White Lund industrial estate between Lancaster and Morecambe. At the last minute, the offer of a courtesy car was withdrawn. Since we had other things to do later in the day, that left us with some logistical difficulties. We decided to try to make something of the morning, so TBH followed me to the garage and then we continued south to the small village of Sunderland Point.

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The causeway road which is the only one in and out of Sunderland Point.

It’s a crazy thing that I’ve never been to Sunderland Point before, even though I’ve lived in the area for nearly 30 years. Twice a day, the tide rises over the access road and the village is cut off from its neighbours.

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Sea Beet.

It was an overcast and windy day and we were pushed for time, so we kept our walk short and I didn’t take as many photos as I might have done. I noticed a lot of seashore plants – these Sea-beet, some Horned Poppies, Sea Campion for example – and was thinking that I must return some time to have a more leisurely look around.

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Dryad’s Saddle.

I was keen to see this…

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Horizon Line Chamber by artist Chris Drury.

Which is just a little way around the coast from the village. It’s a camera obscura, with a small lens in the wall which projects an inverted image onto the opposite wall.

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Image inside the chamber.

There’s more about the project on the artist’s website here. Including this delightful film…

Visiting on a gloomy day probably wasn’t a great choice, so I intend to come to have another look when the sun is shining.

The chamber is close to…

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Sambo’s grave.

A relic of Lancaster’s history as one of the ports engaged in the transatlantic slave trade. Sambo was a former cabin boy who came to Sunderland Point in 1736 and, having died of a fever, was not buried in consecrated ground. This plaque…

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…dated 1796, features a poem written by Reverend James Watson.

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Sculpture by Ray Schofield, who lived in the house opposite where the sculpture is now sited.

Sunderland Point

6 thoughts on “Sunderland Point

  1. Well there you go! Another place I’ve never heard of, knew of, or had any idea where. Interesting stuff abounds in the UK if you know where to look I guess.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Just reading a book about a coast to coast walk from Dorset to Norfolk along the ridgeway path, taking in Stonehenge, Maiden Castle, the Uffington Whiye Horse, Wayland’s Smithy etc etc – lots of Bronze and Iron Age prehistory. It sounds like an amazing walk. As you say – so many places to see!

  2. Like you (at least before your trip!) I’ve never been to the point. Seen it from the other side of the Lune from Glasson Dock, though. Need to find the time to explore round here and Heysham.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      The two little churches in Heysham village are definitely worth a visit. Likewise Sunderland Point. I’ve been to Glasson Dock a few times (the smoke house there is another place which is good to visit), and to Cockerham Abbey, so it’s especially odd that I’ve never ventured across to the other bank.

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