Port Sunlight is a model village built by Lever Brothers to accommodate workers in its soap factory and is the finest and most complete example of early urban planning in the U.K. Work commenced in 1888,and Port Sunlight now contains 900 Grade II listed buildings and was declared a conservation area in 1978.The historical significance of Port Sunlight lies in its combination of model industrial housing, providing materially decent conditions for working people, with the architectural and landscape values of the garden suburb, influenced by the ideas of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Each block of houses was designed by a different architect. The backs of any of the houses cannot be seen, and each house is unique. In terms of architectural features, there is half-timbering, carved woodwork and masonry, pargetting (ornamental plaster work) moulded and twisted chimneys and leaded glazed patterns. Some houses were built in Flemish style, with bricks imported from Belgium . One of the great buildings in Port Sunlight is the Lady Lever Art Gallery. A keen art collector, Lever travelled all over the world and liked to show the villagers the art he collected. Opened in 1922 by Princess Beatrice, the art gallery shows Lever’s collection and modern-day artwork. The collection includes a range of furniture, paintings and sculptures.
Photo : Port_Sunlight.Author – Rich Daley
Other notable buildings include the Lyceum, the Gladstone Theatre (which hosts local amateur dramatic productions), Hesketh Hall (which houses the local branch of the Royal British Legion) and the “Bridge Inn” public house. The village contains a church and opposite is a small primary school. Church Drive Primary School is open to people living outside the village and residents. There is a war memorial by Goscombe John in the village centre in memory of soldiers that died in World War I. Port Sunlight has a water feature. The open air swimming pool is now a garden centre and cafe.Until the 1980s, all residents were employees of Unilever and their families. During this decade the houses were first sold privately. The village is set in 130 acres of beautifully maintained parkland and gardens, two of these are noted as of Special Historic interest by British Heritage.
Official website : http://portsunlightvillage.com/
Photo : Lady Lever Art Gallery- Author- Rept0n1x
The Lady Lever Art Gallery was founded by William Hesketh Lever, the first Lord Leverhulme, who was a keen art collector and he travelled all over the world to form his collection. The Gallery was opened in 1922 by Princess Beatrice and includes a range of furniture, paintings and sculptures. Open daily 10am-5pm.
Official Website : www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever
Lady Lever Art Gallery
Port Sunlight Village
Telephone 0151 478 4136
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