Port Sunlight – Well its my Birthday, I shall not tell you how old as choose to ignore them now but I am going to visit the amazing Port Sunlight the home of the soap King himself My Lever.
William Lever and his brother James entered the soap business in 1885 by buying a small soap works in Warrington.
Along with their business partner and chemist William Hough Watson they invented a new process to amake soap, using glycerin and vegetable oils such as palm oil, rather than tallow. The resulting soap was a lathering soap, at first named Honey Soap then later named Sunlight Soap.
The village of Port Sunlight is in the Wirral founded by ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever (later Viscount Leverhulme) in 1888.
The village was built to house ‘Sunlight Soap’ soap factory workers to give them a better quality of life. He campaigned for better welfare and a shorter working days, and supported education and medical projects.
The village was created due his passion for art and architecture. Lever employed more than 30 different architects in the building of the village, and the result is a mix of styles enhanced by a beautiful parkland setting.