"Port Sunlight - living history." Port Sunlight by Britannia2
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Port Sunlight was a village built in the early 20th century for workers at the Lever factory - the aim of Lord Lever , the owner of the famous soap factory was to give workers a decent home to live in and facilities to enjoy their free time such as a swimming pool, libraries and other clubs. The village was self contained with a public house, school, church and other facilities. It was also laid out well as my photos will show. Today it is a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the history of this village. The village is also home to the Lever Art Gallery. These pages illustrate the important places to see within the village. I intend to visit again in better weather and will expand the pages over the next few years.
"Visit yesterday, today " - is the official slogan of the village trust.
Lord Lever was born in Bolton , Lancashire and following training in his fathers grocery business moved in to the production of soap.
From 1888, Lever began to put his philanthropic principles into practice through the construction of Port Sunlight, a model community designed to house and support the workers of Lever Brothers, who already enjoyed generous wages and innovative benefits. Lever's philanthropy had definite paternalistic overtones, and life in Port Sunlight included intrusive rules and implied mandatory participation in activities. With accommodation tied to employment, a worker losing his or her job could be almost simultaneously evicted. Nonetheless, conditions, pay, hours, and benefits far exceeded those prevailing in similar industries.(From Wikipedia)
The photo is a model of Lever that is on display in the village museum.
- Pros:Real living history
- Cons:Larger than it looks.
- In a nutshell:One of the best places I have ever been
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