Photographer's Note

Liverpool, Wirral, Port-Sunlight.

At 15 minutes from Liverpool by train, across the Mersey takes place this particular village of Port-Sunlight.

In 1887, William Hesketh Lever, director of the soap factory Lever Brothers (now Unilever) was looking for a place to set a biggest factory. He found this marshy place between the railway and the Mersey.
To stay his workers next to their work, he decided in 1888 the erecting of a garden-village. The construction ended in 1914.

800 houses (and their garden) for 3500 people were built, by many architects, that explains the diversity of the buildings constructions.
Besides, W.H. Lever built schools, an hospital, sportive installations, a church, a concert hall and a museum : the Lady Lever art gallery.

In the vein of paternalist owners (like the steelworker Schneider at Le Creusot, France), Lever wanted to control each side of his employees' life, giving them all they need to live... a few meters of their work.

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