By Edward Hubbard, Michael Shippobottom
Port sun was once based in 1888 by means of the industrialist Lord Leverhulme to accommodate the employees from his prospering businesswhich could evolve into Unilever. Acclaimed for its making plans and condo layout, Port sun tremendously inspired next deliberate advancements, in addition to the backyard urban movement.This totally revised model of A consultant to Port sun marries the sensible information 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 publication for armchair and real tourists to this jewel of nineteenth-century city making plans.
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40 Gladstone Hall in use as men’s dining hall, 1895. Unlike Hulme Hall, built ten years later, its kitchen facilities were limited and meals were not served – note luncheon baskets. Paintings from Lever’s collection adorn the walls and Hawarden Castle (Gladstone’s country residence) is depicted on the stage curtain. (Unilever) Port Sunlight text rev 25/4/05 1:19 PM Page 44 Port Sunlight text rev 25/4/05 1:19 PM Page 45 PUBLIC BUILDINGS more educational than social. The block was destroyed by bombing and not rebuilt.
This is to the designs of local architects Paddock Johnson Associates, who are also responsible for a new block of apartments at the corner of Lodge Lane and Pool Bank completed in 2001, Philip Leverhulme Lodge, named after Lever’s grandson. Nor is this all, for in 2004 both the former nurses’ home and the hospital became subject to schemes of conversion for more housing following the collapse of their nursing home use. Nevertheless, despite all this activity, with new projects sited away from the central area and other changes confined to the rear areas, it is still possible to visit the village and see little change in its appearance since Lever’s time.
39 Gladstone Theatre, originally Gladstone Hall (Owen, 1891), with later additions by J. LomaxSimpson. Shown before installation of present entrance ramp and planting. (Unilever) Fig. 40 Gladstone Hall in use as men’s dining hall, 1895. Unlike Hulme Hall, built ten years later, its kitchen facilities were limited and meals were not served – note luncheon baskets. Paintings from Lever’s collection adorn the walls and Hawarden Castle (Gladstone’s country residence) is depicted on the stage curtain.
A Guide to Port Sunlight Village by Edward Hubbard, Michael Shippobottom