Port Sunlight / Architecture
The public buildings and housing are the work of more than 30 architects employed by William Lever. In less than one square mile, under his overall direction they managed to create a garden village with a sense of space and beauty hitherto only dreamed of.
The vernacular idiom as interpreted by Nesfield and Shaw (they called it 'Old English') was employed throughout together with Victorian interpretations of historical styles. Building materials used ranged from the Ruabon red brick to the softer materials typical of the Arts & Crafts movement in it's Edwardian phase. Gothic windows, pargetting (ornamental plasterwork), half-timbering and leaded glazing are commonplace in architecture that integrates yet surprises