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By Edward Hubbard, Michael Shippobottom

Port solar was once based in 1888 by way of the industrialist Lord Leverhulme to deal with the staff from his prospering businesswhich may evolve into Unilever. Acclaimed for its making plans and apartment layout, Port sun tremendously encouraged next deliberate advancements, in addition to the backyard urban movement.This absolutely revised model of A consultant to Port sun marries the sensible info of a guidebook with historic information regarding Port Sunlights layout and structure, its position within the heritage of city making plans, and Leverhulmes position within the cities production. A wealth of illustrations is helping make this the fitting e-book for armchair and genuine tourists to this jewel of nineteenth-century city making plans.

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Port Sunlight seen bottom left with the New Chester Road running west–east immediately above on the plan. The original coloured version of this drawing shows sites allotted for Fig. 23 Proposed block of six houses designed for Bromborough and Woodhead estates by J. Lomax–Simpson, one of a number of standard designs. (The Builder, 2 November 1917) housing continuously bordering the east side of New Chester Road. Lever’s original scheme for the development of Bromborough had envisaged a series of diagonal roads superimposed onto a grid of new residential avenues, but only a small part of this was built, and by the time of this publication much of the area was now allotted to industry.

J. Talbot, 1902–1903, almost immediately extended by Grayson and Ould, 1904–1905), now Hesketh Hall and home of the Port Sunlight branch of the Royal British Legion (Fig. 46). The cost of the initial building was met, not by the company, but by Lever himself. By Grayson & Ould and also of 1902–1903, are the large Church Drive Schools (built originally to supplement the Douglas & Fordham building, and leased to the local education authority) and the first stage of the Auditorium. This was an open-air theatre, its covered and fully equipped stage having a Renaissance-style proscenium (Fig.

33) Port Sunlight text rev 25/4/05 1:20 PM Page 54 Port Sunlight text rev 25/4/05 1:20 PM Page 55 PUBLIC BUILDINGS & Paley, it has all the quality and shortcomings of the manner. The form is that of a parish church, with a long and fully fitted chancel, providing not a hint of Nonconformity. Despite the remarkable size and elaboration, an even grander scheme was first designed which Lever, to his lasting regret, rejected. A structure to mark his future burial place and that of his wife, coterminous with the church, was designed soon after.

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