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Sambo's Grave, Lancaster

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Sambo's Grave is the burial site of a dark-skinned cabin boy or slave, on unconsecrated ground in a field near the small village of Sunderland Point, near Heysham and Overton, Lancashire, North West England. Sunderland Point was a port, serving cotton, sugar and slave ships from the West Indies and North America, which declined after Glasson Dock was opened in 1787. It is a very small community only accessible via a narrow road, which crosses a salt marsh and is cut off at high tide.HistoryIn the early 18th century Sunderland Point was a port for Lancaster, serving ships too large to sail up to the town. According to the Lonsdale Magazine of 1822, Sambo had arrived around 1736 from the West Indies as a servant to the captain of an unnamed ship:It has also been suggested that Sambo may have died from a disease to which he had no natural immunity, contracted from contact with Europeans. He was buried in unconsecrated ground (as he was not a Christian) on the weatherbeaten shoreline of Morecambe Bay.
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  • As a helpful tip I need to emphasis to visitors the importance to note the tides times when visiting this site so that they are not caught out. As a site it is very well kept and has a very interestin...  more »
  • A lovely story of Sambo the ship Captains servant who came over from the West Indies and got left behind. His grave is quite easy to get to but be careful of the tides. Definitely worth a walk and a v...  more »
  • We visit here time permitting whenever we are in the area, or on our way up to the Lake District. If visiting remember to check tide times, but a short (10-15 min) walk will take you to the isolated s...  more »