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  • Lady Lever Art Gallery
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    Hillsborough Memorial Garden

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 1, 2013
    Hillsborough Memorial Garden, Port Sunlight
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    The memorial was erected in 1984 following the Hillsborough disaster and in memory of those who lost their lives including local victims. The memorial is part of an existing garden and accessed by an arch, which was designed by James Lomax Simpson and constructed in 1933/34.

    You can find out further information about the archway and memorial garden via the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association website.

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    Port Sunlight War Memorial

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 1, 2013

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    Port Sunlight War Memorial, Port Sunlight
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    The war memorial, in the village, was designed and sculpted by Sir William Goscombe John, then an up and coming sculptor, between 1916-21. It was built in honour of the employees at the Sunlight Soap Factory in the village who fell in World War I and also recognising the war effort the villagers supported.

    There is a descriptive account of the memorial and about Goscombe John by clicking on the highlighted links.

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    The Dell Bridge

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 1, 2013

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    The Dell Bridge and the landscaped area
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    The Dell Bridge was designed by Douglas & Fordham, architects from Chester, and built in 1894. The footbridge is over a former tidal creek that used to flow in Bromborough Pool which was dammed at the beginning of the 20th Century. Today the area is landscaped with gardens and pedestrianised pathways.

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    Lever Memorial

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 1, 2013

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    Lever Memorial, Port Sunlight
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    William Reid Dick designed and sculpted this memorial in 1930 in honour of William Hesketh Lever. The figures at the bottom of the memorial represent 'industry', 'charity', 'education' and 'art' and on the top the figure represents 'inspiration' (Wikipedia) The memory implies and represents who Lever was and how he will be remembered. The memorial is situated outside Lady Lever Art Gallery.

    Please click on this link to learn more about William Reid Dick and his sculpting career.

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    Lever House

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    Unliver Global Research Facility, Lever House
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    Lever House is the original factory built on the site which William Hesketh Lever purchased in 1885 for building Port Sunlight. Sunlight products were originally produced at Lever and took place and today it's now a global research facility for Unilever.

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    Bridge Cottage

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    Bridge Cottage, Park Road, Port Sunlight

    Bridge Cottage was the temporary residential home of William Hesketh Lever and his wife during 1896-97 whilst Thornton Manor was renovated. The Cottage was designed by Douglas and Fordham and built in 1894.

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    Gladstone Theatre

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    Gladstone Theatre

    The building was opened in 1891 by WIlliam Gladstone, a politician, and was originally called Gladstone Hall which Lever Brothers Soap Factory's workers accessed for dining and recreational purposes. During the 20th Century the building hosted theatrical productions by Port Sunlight Players.

    In 1984 The Gladstone Theatre Trust was formed following discussions between Port Sunlight Players and Fortune Theatre Group, two societies at the time that used the venue. It was then renamed as Gladstone Theatre. It serves as a community theatre with a 470 seat auditorium.

    The theatre is mainly run by volunteers via Friends of Gladstone Theatre.

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    Hulme Hall

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight

    Hulme Hall was once famed for Beatles playing there during the 1960s and where Ring Star made his debut with the band. The listed building was built in 1901. Today, Hulme Hall hosts conference, exhibitions, banquets and weddings.

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    Final Resting Place for William Hesketh Lever

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 25, 2013

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    Christ Church United Reformed Church
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    Christ Church United Reformed Church, originally a Congregational Church, opened in 1904 and founded by William Hesketh Lever. The church was designed by William and Segar Owen who played a significant role in designing many public and residential buildings in Port Sunlight and constructed 'in house' by the Lever Brothers. A notable feature is the tombs of Lever and his wife situated at the side of the church.

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    Port Sunlight Museum

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 17, 2013

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    I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this informative and interesting museum about William Hesketh Lever, a soap producer and philanthropist. Lever was born in 1851 and founded Port Sunlight in 1887 for his soap production to meet the growing demand at the time.

    The museum gives a chronological account of Lever's business, personal and benevolence life at Port Sunlight. Lever believed that there is more enjoyment in life than just work and his belief was demonstrated through the introduction of better working conditions, old age pensions, paid holidays, women equality, sub clubs and provision of housing with allotments and leisure as demonstrated in the village's landscape. Lever encouraged his workers to develop an interest in the arts and culture and he opened his arts collection at Lady Lever House (please see tip for further details).

    There is also a museum shop and a very busy tea room upstairs (Tea at Port Sunlight Museum) where I had tea afterwards but had to wait a long time for it. It seems the tea room is very popular with coach parties!

    Admission cost is 3.75 gbp (March 2013) but it includes free return visits to the museum within a year. Port Sunlight Trail is available at shops at charge but I didn't purchase one.

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    Lady Lever Art Gallery

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 17, 2013

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    The main Hall, Lady Lever Art Gallery
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    I paid a visit to this interesting gallery which was founded by William Hesketh Lever and opened in 1922 in memory of his late wife, Lady Lever. Lever believed that art is a source of inspiration and was keen to share his passion with everyone via the gallery.

    I didn't have time to see all the exhibitions and some of them were closed due to roof repair works. I particularly enjoyed seeing works of the 19th Century paintings section including those from Bacon, Leighton and Turner. It was interesting to learn that Lever used art specially paintings to advertise soap and was keen to use 'moderate' pictures so that the advertisement aimed at all social classes.

    The highlight of the visit was to visit the 'Lever the Collector' galley where I learnt about the history of the gallery and its founder. I particularly enjoyed seeing pictures that have been used for advertisements worldwide. There were some which I recognised such as the 'Home Bright - Heart Light' by Louise Jopling (1843-1933) which my Mum has hung up in the bathroom. I also particularly remembered the 'The New Frock' by William Powell Firth (1819-1909) used as an advertisement although it is understood that Firth wasn't happy about it but Lever argued that the picture will enable for people to appreciate art more.

    I was personally inspired by Lever Words quoted in the gallery, 'Art can be to everyone an inspiration' and 'It is within the reach of all of us' (William Hesketh Lever, 1922, Lady Lever Gallery).

    As well as the exhibitions there is also an information desk, cafe, where I had a coffee afterwards, shop and an activity room. It was an enjoyable visit. The gallery is free of charge even if donations are strongly encouraged.

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    The visitor centre & museum

    by Britannia2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In the museum
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    This is the best small museum in my opinion in England. Friendly and knowledgeable staff housed in what was the villages girls club building from 1913 although this became the Port Sunlight Social Club for women and girls in 1933.
    The museum is well thought out - it features on the real lives of Lord Lever, the architect of the village, a teacher in the school, a girl who packed soap , housewife and a village gardener. There are models of each of these people and the film that is shown at regular intervals has people acting out their roles very professionally. There are also plans and models of the houses and an actual recreatement of what a village house would have looked like before WW1.
    There is a well stocked gift shop that actually sells amongst other things Levers soaps. Admission is £3.75 (£3 concessions) and this includes a village guide and two vouchers for soap and a drink.
    Disabled friendly although the museum would be a bit tight for wheelchairs but possible.

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    Cottages on Queen Marys Drive

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 6, 2009

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    The cottages on Queen Marys Drive were designed in 1912 and built shortly afterwards. With the exception of No34 and No43 these cottages had four bedrooms, a living room , scullery and down stairs bath area with plumbed in bath. Two of the cottages were parlour cottages - they had a kitchen, separate scullery, four bedrooms and unusually an upstairs bathroom.

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    Lady Lever Gallery

    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 3, 2009

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    Lady Lever Gallery
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    Work started on the Lady Lever gallery in 1913 and was opened in 1922 as a memorial to the late Lady Lever by Lord Lever. Lord Lever was a prolific art collector and housed his acquisitions originally in his five houses. He needed a place to home all of his works of art and he housed it here in this gallery and encouraged his workers and visitors to see these great works. He became his own curator regulalry moving works of art around his various homes and the gallery.
    Generally disabled friendly but the two small upper galleries are not possible to see although there is little to see anyway. Ring 0151 478 4136 prior to visit.
    The cafe needs a special mention as it is one of the best museum cafes in England as does the gift shop which is quite imaganitive.
    There is also an art activity area for children in the basement.
    Recommended.

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    The Dell

    by Britannia2 Written Mar 2, 2009

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    The site of the auditorium
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    The Dell is a very pleasant walk way below the road level and was originally a tidal channel. In fact the whole area in the late 19th century was a marshy and boggy area that Lord Lever arranged to have drained and landscaped in order to build the village.
    The first photo shows the site of the auditorium where concerts, dances and activities took place but it had to be pulled down in 1937 due to poor acoustics and flooding.

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