Port Sunlight - a workers' utopia
Page from The Illustrated London News with photographs reporting on the model factory village of Port Sunlight on the Wirral, near Birkenhead. Established by William Hesketh Lever, later Lord Leverhulme, the village provided spacious accommodation and numerous amenities for workers at the Lever Brothers soap factory. Images of the schools built by labour, the open air swimming pool, a Sunday School procession and the picturesque houses all testify to the wholesome way of life enjoyed by Port Sunlight's inhabitants. Date: 1905
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Boy Scouts cleaning street sign, London
Two Boy Scouts cleaning a street sign in Downshire Hill, Hampstead, north-west London during Scout Job Week. In their spare time, 400 Scouts and Cubs in Hampstead went out with scrubbing brushes and buckets to clean the street signs in the area. Shown here are Bobby St John Cooper (nearest) and Patrick Sottiswood.
© Mary Evans / The Scout Association
Main Office Entrance, Port Sunlight
Main Office Entrance, Port Sunlight. Port Sunlight is a garden village which was founded in 1888 by Lever to house his soap factory workers. In line with his ideas on prosperity-sharing, the building maintenance and upkeep of the village was subsidised with a portion of the profits from Lever Brothers Limited. With his own money, Lever financed the church, technical institute and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Lever took great pleasure in helping to plan this picturesque garden village and he employed nearly thirty different architects to create its unique style.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection