Lux Aeterna

Richard Cavendish looks at the impact of soap king Lord Leverhulme on the foundation of Port Sunlight.

Every year on the Sunday nearest September 19th a special service is held in the church at Port Sunlight. It marks Founder's Day, the birthday of the Lancastrian soap king, Lord Leverhulme, who transformed a desolate waste of Wirral marshland on the edge of the Mersey into today's tidy suburb, where every prospect pleases and man seems less vile than usual. This year the service had particular significance because Port Sunlight was founded a hundred years ago, in 1888.

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