Mere Brook is perfectly situated for those wishing to explore both local and wider heritage – situated just minutes form the historical towns of Port Sunlight and Thornton Hough, and short journey from the culturally rich Liverpool and Chester Highlights are outlined below and you can find out more on the Visit Wirral, Visit Liverpool and Visit Chester websites.
Local to Mere Brook – Port Sunlight and Thornton Hough
Port Sunlight was developed by the first Lord Leverhulme as it was the site where he established his soap factory and provided homes for his factory workers. He used over 30 different architects in designing the village to ensure that the house were not all the same and took a personal interest in their design. The village had large open spaces but no pub. It is still controlled by the Port Sunlight Village Trust although many of the houses are in private ownership.
It is a must place to visit - first go to the Port Sunlight museum which is housed in a cottage opposite the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Here you will get an insight into what it was like to live in the village and work in the factory - there is a 10 minute film shown once an hour which is excellent. You will also be inspired by what Lord Leverhulme achieved. Then visit the gallery which you will find more interesting having visited the museum first.
Thornton Hough is the nearest village to Mere Brook House – this really is a “picture postcard” village with its traditional green surrounded by cottages, a village shop, blacksmith, village school, two churches and in the centre, the Seven Stars pub.
Thornton Manor was the home of William Hesketh Leverhulme who came to the Wirral in 1887 to begin soap manufacture at Port Sunlight. Lord Leverhulme and his descendants developed both the Manor and the village providing houses for their family and personal staff. The first Lord Leverhulme was very interested in architecture and took a personal interest in the design of the houses in Thornton Hough and Port Sunlight.
Where better to start your tour of the city’s maritime heritage than the famous and historic Liverpool Waterfront. The area is a key part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. You'll find museums, galleries and a huge range of venues to eat and drink amid the lofty colonnades of this architectural splendour - the country's largest group of Grade I listed buildings. If your passion is boats and ships the Cruise Liner Facility at Princes Dock is a must see when the ships are in port. Be sure to check the itinerary so you don’t miss out on the fine liners or the many visiting naval ships that moor here every year.
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Chester is arguably the richest city in Britain for archaeological and architectural treasures preserved to this day from the time of the Roman occupation. It is also a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls and rows.
Chester Cathedral is located within the heart of the city centre. It is a truly remarkable Grade 1 listed building, with a history spanning almost two thousand years. Originally a Saxon Minster, then rebuilt as a Benedictine Abbey, this magnificent building is a national treasure in the heart of the city and has been the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Chester. Walking the Chester Wall is a must-do for every visitor to this city. The walls enclose the centre of Chester and have been standing here since the Romans. The walls provide a great way to see many of the historical sites in the city centre including the Roman Amphitheatre, the Roman Gardens, the Chester Cathedral, the river Dee, The Eastgate Clock and Chester Race Course.
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