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The story of Sunderland...
A Thriving Port...
A Seaside Resort...
Sunderland Point is a unique location. It is a village of 30 or so houses and farms at the end of a tidal causeway. The village is within 7 miles of both Lancaster and Morecambe, but has the attractions of more isolated locations and a landscape which intermingles salt marsh, beach, mud flats, farmland, residential dwellings, footpaths and roads, all at the side of an active waterway.
The Point is an attraction to those who wish to spend time rambling, bird watching, cycling, sketching, painting, photographing, observing wild flowers or simply admiring the hauntingly beautiful landscape of the estuary and salt marshes backed by the moors of North Lancashire to the East and the South Lakeland Fells to the North.
The name, Sunderland, gives a hint to its position at the end of a causeway, or ‘sundered from the land’. Sunderland Point, reaching into the Irish Sea, is about half a mile past the village.
Sunderland is of immense historical significance: the reputed landing place for the first bale of cotton in Britain; home to a grave with an inscription from 1796 that a life will be judged ‘not on a man’s colour but the worth of his heart’; and with many buildings from this time still to be found today.
For several years in the 18th century, only London, Bristol and Liverpool surpassed the amount if trade which went through Sunderland and Lancaster. Even today, the forests of masts and cross trees in Glasson is still remembered by those who grew up here.
The opening of Glasson Dock in 1787 took ocean-going vessels further inland, in the nineteenth century the village became a thriving seaside resort known as Little Brighton on the Lune.
In recent years, it has become home to a mix of those who still work from the village, in farming, fishing and other professions, and those who work around the tide for their daily trip to Lancaster, Preston and elsewhere in Lancashire.
Tide tables should be consulted before visiting. Both the
Causeway and car park are likely to be under several feet of water for 1 to 2 hours before and after high tide.
DO NOT RISK IT!