A place the residents can be proud of
Not merely a village but a whole lot more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
There is a bank in the village with an ATM and this is Greendale Road near Port Sunlight station. Originally this was the girls hostel and was built in 1896. The hostel was not popular and it became the Lever Free Library which included a small museum with exhibits from Lord Levers collections. In 1984 part of the building was opened as a Heritage...more
This building used to be the Village Post Office until 2005 when the post office closed and the tea rooms opened.
A traditional English tea room with just several tables with white table cloths and traditional plates etc. There is a good selection of sandwiches and cakes. A nice touch is the use of leaf tea and not tea bags. Rather expensive with sandwiches at £4.25 but the presentation is perfect.
Very clean rest room facilities. Not very disabled friendly with steps up to the door and rather too small for wheelchairs.
I travelled on the Merseyrail network from Liverpool Central Station to Port Sunlight (You can also get off at Bebington which is the nearest stop for visiting the Lady Lever Art Gallery). An 'Anytime Day Return' cost me 3.40 gbp (March 2013) and the journey took approximately 15-20 minutes. The station is on the Wirral Line which begins at...more
Take a Merseyrail train (Ellesmore Port or Chester bound) to either Bebington ot Port Sunlight. The best station if you are just visiting the Lady Lever gallery is Bebington ( from the Chester/Ellesmere Port platform walk down the ramp and the gallery is on the other side of the main road) or for the best entrance in to the village Port Sunlight...more
Obviously to get to Port Sunlight Village you will need to travel by car or train, but getting around the village itself is easily manageable walking.The village turned out a lot larger than I expected and the main Bolton Road sort of divides the village in half, therefore if you are not up to a lot of walking then you could walk round one half and...more
I am not sure really what shops there are, although we did see a Post Office near to the station, but being a Sunday when we visited it was closed.
However, the Heritage Centre does have gifts and souvenirs for sale.
What to buy: Well I could not come to the village of Port Sunlight and not buy some soap which was the reason this village community first started.
What to pay: I think the packet of soap which contained two tablets of soap cost about ?1.00
Chester is only 15 miles away from Port Sunlight so a stop here is well worth it. A roman town, with lovely walls encircling the city which you can walk round. There is even a bridge called the Bridge of Sighs, a river where you can hire boats, shops, bars, and restaurants. A huge cathedral that now charges for admittance.
A recent vist to Port Sunlight was for the so-called flowerpot men festival - well there wasan't much evidence of it on the last day of it...but the flowers more than made up for it. So many colourful blooms everwhere but the largest hanging basket - multi-layeyed like a christms tree - was on the village green and it was a beautiful site and great...more