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    Default Port Sunlight Village

    It was purpose built by Lord Leverhulme/William Hesketh Lever starting in 1888 for the employees of Lever Brothers soap factory (now part of Unilever). The name is derived from Lever's most popular brand of cleaning agent, Sunlight.

    Port Sunlight contains 900 Grade II listed buildings, and was declared a Conservation Area in 1978.[1] It is also being put forward for World Heritage Site status to protect it from development and to preserve the unique character for future generations.

    Unusually for a suburb, it became the basis of a musical. This production, called The Sunshine Girl, opened in 1911 at the Gaiety Theatre, London. It starred Phyllis Dare, one of the most popular pin-ups of the Edwardian era, and was written by Paul Alfred Rubens. The show introduced the tango dance to British audiences.

    Each block of houses was designed by a different architect. You cannot see the backs of any of the houses and each house is unique. Until the 1980s all residents were employees of Unilever and their families. It was during the 1980s that the houses were first sold privately. The former school is now a working men's club.


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    Port Sunlight is the birthplace of 1980s music personality Pete Burns, member of the band Dead or Alive.

    One of the great buildings in Port Sunlight is Lady Lever Art Gallery. William liked to collect art. He travelled all over the world and liked to show the villagers the art he collected - this is why he built Lady Lever Art Gallery. The gallery was opened in 1922 by Princess Beatrice. Now the art gallery shows William's collection as well as some modern-day artwork. This collection includes a range of furniture, paintings and sculptures.

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    Port Sunlight Village taken today 13/08/08
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    Great pics Mandy. There are some cracking ones in one of the recent Liverpool from the air books which are in the library.

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    thanks Ged
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    Lovely pics, Mandy.
    I must post some of mine one day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Lovely pics, Mandy.
    I must post some of mine one day.
    thanks Philip
    the last time I went to Port Sunlight I fell into the fountain & had to go home soaking wet
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    Ah, so the pubs still open early there then
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    Nice pics.

    I will have to get the train there sometime, will need to find out the best time to go to Port Sun light.

    So village like I love It!
    Gididi Gididi Goo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Ah, so the pubs still open early there then
    I was only 10 years old when I fell in ..good job I would have been like a Miss wet T-shirt contestant

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    Nice pics.

    I will have to get the train there sometime, will need to find out the best time to go to Port Sun light.

    So village like I love It!
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    heres some more photos taken last week
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    Very nice, Mandy.
    I think mine are on a disk somewhere, but you covered pretty much everything, except for the telephone boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    Very nice, Mandy.
    I think mine are on a disk somewhere, but you covered pretty much everything, except for the telephone boxes.
    thanks Philip
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    Those pictures are gorgeous Mandy

    it's ages since I've been to Port Sunlight.

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    thank you Lindy
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    Remember this one Robbo?

    Your photos are amazing.. that camera is great!!


    One of the Best !!!

    Peace and Hugs.. your matie..

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    Really nice pictures NL.

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    lovely photos NL, thanks for the company ,I had a really good day
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    Wonderful pictures, thank you so much for sharing!

    I haven't been to Port Sunlight for ages.

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    Lovely Pictures. My mother's family worked and lived in Port Sunlight, and I visited a lot as a child.

    My Great Grandfather's name is also the War Memorial - incorrectly spelt! However, when I first saw it I felt quite emotional - and proud.

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