Ruins, Rivington 2

mariarty

Bolton, United Kingdom

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Another view of Ruins, Rivington, taken from further back. This area is located near The Arborteum and the replica ruin of Liverpool Castle. As said in the previos image the estate was bought by Lord Leverhulme formerly William Hesketh Lever. He was a soap manufacturer and industrialist. The Lever family were the founders of Lever Brothers, later Unilever, arch rivals of Procter and Gamble in selling soap powders and hair shampoos and other necessities in life. As well as this Lord and Lady Lever were great believers in improving the lot for the working population. to do this they built Port Sunlight as an ideal village, Port Sunlight is located in The Wirral close to Liverpool and is a heritage site, housing a museum and The Lady Lever Gallery.

In the estate at Rivington Leverhulme built a relica of the ruin of Liverpool castle above the banks of the Rivington Reservoir between 1912 and 1925, but he didn’t complete this project, you can still see the ruins. The original Liverpool Castle was demolished in 1725, after the Civil War.

Lord Leverhulme also built a small zoo and The Terraced Gardens. The zoo is no longer there, and the Terraced Gardens have seen better days, but you will still find footpaths, terraces and stepped walkways. You will also still find The Pigeon Tower and an ornamental Japanese pool and Seven Arches Bridge, but all the main buildings that were here were burnt down in 1913 by a suffragette. There is much more history to tell of this place, as I post images of this area I shall add more.

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