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Port Sunlight Travel Guide: 73 reviews and 120 photos

Port Sunlight is a place I have often wanted to visit, but never seemed to get round to going there. But am I glad I did, its such a lovely place, beautiful buildings, gardens, and a nice history.

Situated in the North West of England on the Wirral, its about 20 minutes by road from Chester and Liverpool.

This village was purposely built along with the factory which manufactured soap by William H Lever.

Another place which is similar and in the North West of England, but a much smaller place is
Quarry Bank Mill at Styal near Wilmslow.

He had the foresight to see that if his workers were healthy ie: good living and working conditions, then he had dependable, reliable and loyal workers. Unfortunately not all mill/factory owners were like him, some were very unscrupulous.

William Lever was born in Bolton in Lancashire on 19th September 1851. Around that time in Lancashire labour was in demand for its busy factories/mills and with the population increasing came, squalor and disease, all making an impression on Lever. He was apprenticed to his father in his grocery busy and one of his first jobs was cutting and wrapping soap.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A place the residents can be proud of
  • Cons:none
  • In a nutshell:Not merely a village but a whole lot more
  • Last visit to Port Sunlight: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • May 28, 2007 at 11:54 PM

    The heritage centre is now closed, but the souvenirs can now be purchased at the new museum called "Sunlight Vision" which has recently opened by the Art Gallery.

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    Oct 10, 2005 at 10:24 PM

    super page

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2005 at 10:57 AM

    Another wonderful page on a beautiful English small town. Great photos and lots of useful information. Congratulations!

  • Ines28's Profile Photo
    Oct 3, 2004 at 4:04 AM

    You were right, Di! This is a lovely place! Just proves again what a beautiful country England is!!:-)))

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    May 23, 2004 at 8:46 AM

    Never knew such a place existed. A deserving 5 star entry!

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    Apr 20, 2004 at 5:42 PM

    Port Sunlight is fascinating. It sounds like the Lever faqmily were extremely good to their employees. Excellent tour of a beautiful place !!

  • Wren12's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2004 at 4:05 PM

    Beautiful photos, given me heaps of ideas as to where I want to go and do the tourist thing when I arrive. Thankyou, Renay

  • lmkluque's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2004 at 10:29 AM

    Lots of Lever products over here, had no idea they originated in the U.K. Di, this is an interesting and informative page. Beautiful photos!!

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2004 at 4:02 AM

    I hate Soaps, haha. But your page is far from being 'washed-up', LOL! So interesting. My Grandmother used to make me scrub the floors with Sunlight Soap, hahaha.


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