This is a traditional English scene which combines so many different things that people think of when they imagine England
A tea shop with tablecloths, a red telephone box, traditional houses reflected and an umbrella, because it often rains.

This teashop is in an area called Port Sunlight founded by Lord Leverhulme who built Sunlight Soap Factories
Lever, like many Victorians, wanted his workers to share in his wealth which they had helped create. The squalor of the slums in which most workers lived appalled him and his guiding philosophy was that all men could improve themselves given a fair chance, in decent conditions. Tired of paying heavy port dues for his exports and rent for his factory buildings, he decided to buy a site and build his own factory, with port access and decent housing for his workers at reasonable rents. He would provide them with schools, library, institutes and public buildings which they could use to improve themselves as he had done. In return, they were to prove themselves worthy of all this by following a life of sobriety, thrift and the desire for self-improvement. So was founded Port Sunlight, a model village “neat and cheerful” which fulfilled Lever’s desire to share his profits with his workers and combined with his interests in housing reform.

Comments

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    good story and good composition. great imagery. hugs

  • webbie
    webbieover 6 years ago

    Great reflection…breatuful background…well captured:)

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 6 years ago

    Good capture and composition, lovely history, i have visited the village many times

  • mousesuzy
    mousesuzyover 6 years ago

    There is a lot going on in this photograph. Everything that is English.. I think it is fab.

  • charliegirl
    charliegirlover 6 years ago

    WOW!! Love this. Great quality shot too.

  • charliegirl
    charliegirlover 6 years ago

    WOW!! Love this. Great quality shot too.

  • julie08
    julie08over 6 years ago

    Great :-)

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    A very good busy reflection, like this.

  • Gordon Pressley
    Gordon Pressleyover 5 years ago
    Love the shot … :)Love the story…:)Lovely…………………
  • heznel
    heznelover 5 years ago

    What a great image …. please add it to the “Shopfronts” group where it would be perfect

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