SJ3384 : The Hillsborough Memorial at Port Sunlight

near to Port Sunlight, Wirral, Great Britain

The Hillsborough Memorial at Port Sunlight
The Hillsborough Memorial at Port Sunlight
The Hillsborough Memorial with the Port Sunlight war memorial in the background. The dedication (SJ3384 : Hillsborough Memorial, Port Sunlight) reads:

IN MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO DIED AT
HILLSBOROUGH
ON 15th APRIL 1989
AND IN SYMPATHY WITH THE
RELATIVES AND FRIENDS
WHO SURVIVE THEM.
THE UNILEVER COMPANIES ON MERSEYSIDE

The Hillsborough disaster occurred during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989 at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium. The Hillsborough disaster remains the worst stadium-related disaster in British history with the death of 96 supporters of Liverpool Football Club at the Leppings Lane end of the ground. (See SK3390 : Hillsborough Memorial)
Port Sunlight Garden Village
Port Sunlight was built in the late 1880s by William Hesketh Lever (later Viscount Leverhulme) to expand his soap-making business, which was at that time based in Warrington. His company (Lever Brothers, now part of Unilever) bought the area of flat unused marshy land south of the River Mersey. It was large enough to allow space for expansion, and had a prime location between the river and a railway line. Work commenced in 1888 and the site became Port Sunlight, where William Lever built his works and a model village to house his employees. The village name is derived from Lever Brothers’ most popular brand of soap, "Sunlight". William Lever personally supervised planning the village, which is arguably the finest surviving example of early urban planning in the UK.

Between 1899 and 1914, approximately 900 houses were built to house a population of 3,500 in addition to some larger "principal" buildings including the Lady Lever Art Gallery, a cottage hospital, schools, a concert hall, open air swimming pool, church, and a temperance hotel. Nearly every building in the village is Grade II listed and two sections of the landscape are included in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Lever employed over 30 different architects in the building of the village resulting in a mix of architectural styles enhanced by the parkland and some excellent public sculptures.

Lever was a philanthropist with a passion for art and architecture. The garden village had allotments and public buildings; Lever introduced welfare schemes, and provided for the education and entertainment of his workforce, encouraging recreation and organisations which promoted art, literature, science or music. The sheer scale of his philanthropy was unprecedented and the whole of Port Sunlight is now a Conservation Area and a major tourist attraction for The Wirral, standing as an enduring testament to the achievements of a remarkable man.

Today, approximately 250 of the houses in the village belong to the Port Sunlight Village Trust. The remainder are privately owned having been sold by the company during the 1980s. Up until that decade, all residents of Port Sunlight were employees of Unilever and their families.

LinkExternal link Port Sunlight Village Trust
LinkExternal link Wikipedia Article (Port Sunlight)
LinkExternal link Wikipedia biography (William Hesketh Lever)
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Tuesday, 5 June, 2012   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 7 June, 2012
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