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Bridge Cottage was built for William Hesketh Lever, founder of Unilever and creator of Port Sunlight village. He lived there with his family for a short time before moving into the much grander Thornton Manor. It is of considerable historical importance and one of the first buildings to be completed in Port Sunlight.
The cottage has been very recently acquired by Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village Trust, and over the summer they will be opening it to the public as part of a pilot project to gather suggestions and views about what could be done with it in the long term. Should it be a period house for visitors, a centre for artists, a training and learning space, a shop or cafe?
A visit to Port Sunlight is always a relaxing treat, with Port Sunlight Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Bridge Cottage all within an easy walk of the train station. Why not visit this August and take time to contribute to the Bridge Cottage consultation? The house is open Monday to Friday 1-4pm and on Saturdays from 10.30am to 1pm. To visit the website, click here.