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011106-13. © NRT, 2006
Sunderland, near Lancaster, Lancashire, UK, 1 November, 2006

These cottages date from the eighteenth century, and were the homes of river pilots who guided ships from the coast upriver to the port of Lancaster. It's little-known, even locally (including by me, until I visited Sunderland in 2004) that Lancaster was the UK's fourth-largest slaving port in the 1700s. More than 180 ships departed for Africa, then on to America carrying 25,000 slaves. 'Sambo's Grave' at Sunderland Point, a short walk from here, is that of a slave put ashore from a passing ship.

Sunderland does actually have two named streets: the nearer buildings are Second Terrace whilst First Terrace is further away to the right (and seen in the next image). The road between the two crosses a small beach, so is inaccessible to vehicles at high tide.

Most people would call this 'Sunderland Point', but technically that's only the tip of the headland, ~300 m away, not the hamlet.

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