Sunderland Point and Sambo’s Grave

Samboo/Sambo (the gravestone is spelled Samboo, but most other references are Sambo) came to Sunderland Point around 1736, the servant of a ship’s captain, and died in Upsteps Cottage (1 The Lane). That much is certain. Whether (as oral tradition has it) he died of a broken heart because he thought his master had left him when he went to Lancaster, or died of a sickness on arriving in a strange country, or died of some other cause is lost in time. What is certain, though, is that his story touched the hearts of people for over 200 years.