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One of many beautiful houses in Port Sunlight Village, Wirral. Photo by Rich Daley

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Named after the popular brand of "Sunlight Soap", Port Sunlight was built by William Hesketh Lever (later Lord Leverhulme) for the employees of Lever Brothers soap factory (now part of Unilever). Lever personally helped to plan the village and employed nearly thirty different architects in its design. Between 1899 and 1914, 800 houses with a population of 3,500 were built, together with allotments and public buildings, including the Lady Lever Art Gallery, a cottage hospital, schools, a concert hall, open air swimming pool, church, and a temperance hotel. Lever also introduced schemes for welfare, education and the entertainment of his workers, and encouraged recreation and organisations which promoted art, literature, science or music

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sueswan

Thanks cindy, if there's history attached to a picture I like to add it, makes it just that bit more interesting...Sue

cindyherman2000

well done - love the story and the puzzle - thanks

sueswan

me too waxwing, me too...Sue

waxwing

Beautiful - I'd love to live here!

sueswan

This village certainly has the wow factor Joyce, it's got it all and more. Everything is so neat and tidy with nice front gardens. Thanks...Sue

cakes1947

WOW!!! I love this house, everything about it, the fantastic chimneys, the round end rooms, the facade and the brickwork. Fabulous!! Thanks for a great puzzle/picture Sue!! :))))
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sueswan

I put the info on (a bit of copy and paste) as I was thinking what a wonderful employer these people had to have built this village for the workers and have all the amenities at hand. Thanks Kari...Sue

Interesting building - it looks like they mixed different kind of architectural styles here. It's always nice to know the history too. Thanks Sue! :-))

sueswan

Tempting though it is better not get on our soapboxes. The people that lived here were lucky a lot were not in those days. It seems an idyllic place to live, different styles of housing (and chimneys) with all the amenities. Thanks kevin...Sue

kevins3514

Very nice Sue, both the buildings and the history behind it: it almost makes one want to stick in a political comment regarding today's corporations, but I'll resist. And I do also like the chimneys :)
- kevin

sueswan

Always think of Joyce and Chimneys. I haven't been to Liverpool or the Wirral but I think this Garden Village is wonderful and what a lasting legacy, such a kind benefactor to think of his workers like that. Thanks Denise...Sue

bentleyd

Iv'e been here Sue, not this building ,but to the Wirral, have family there, only stayed one day.
The Liverpool guys call the Wirral "over the water".

This building is amazing and looks so good for. its years. Your comment was very educational.
Joyce will love the chimneys.
Thanks Sue

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