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In the context of the Victorian era, in which it was conceived, the creation of Port Sunlight Village by William Hesketh Lever was unparalleled. The tumultuous changes wreaked by the Industrial Revolution still had not been fully embraced even as late as the early twentieth century.

The combination of a content, healthy and efficient workforce was a vision held by some philosophers and luminaries of the time but Lever was one of the first entrepreneurs to realise such a dream. From his middle-class upbringing in Bolton, Lancashire to his ambitious trips around the world, Lever employed lessons learned to good effect in housing and employing the workforce of his soap business.

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[ 1. FOUNDER ]
[ A. INTRODUCTION]
[ B. YOUNG LEVER ]
[ C. INSPIRATION ]
[ D. PHILANTHROPY ]

[ 2. ETHOS ]
[ A. TWO NATIONS ]
[ B. CONDITION OF ENGLAND ]
[ C. GARDEN SUBURBS ]
[ D. PROFIT-SHARING ]

[ 3. REALISATION ]
[ A .PLANNING ]
[ B. FIRST BUILDINGS ]
[ C. INSPIRING VISTAS ]
[ D. SPIRIT OF SOAP ]
[ 4. PROGRESS ]
[ A. VILLAGE COUNCIL ]
[ B. SHADOW OF WAR ]
[ C. CONSOLIDATION ]
[ D. MODERN YEARS ]