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#160122 - 23rd Jun 2007 10:54pm Lever Brothers
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#160132 - 23rd Jun 2007 11:23pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: Mark]
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#160193 - 24th Jun 2007 5:24pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: ]
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#254271 - 1st Sep 2008 10:15pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: jonah]
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Where to start!

My family had worked in Levers for many many years. My Dad started work there in 1927 when he was 15. He lied about his age to get a job there.

He retired in 1977, having not had a single day off sick in 50 years - not even when he came off his motorbike and broke or dislocated his thumb! He did a days work then got it looked at!

Because it was Silver Jubilee year, he was presented with a Medal, Silver Coin on a Mable Plinth and a Silver Goblet by The Queen at Buckingham Palace. He was so proud, as were we! It was the only time I ever remember seeing him cry.

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#254276 - 1st Sep 2008 10:21pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: Wench]
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mmost my family including me have worked there, my dad about to retire after what will be 43 years, i think my nan has some old photos of when she worked in the packing room, before she married my grandad as levers never let married women work there smile

will try to get her to copy them...
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#254278 - 1st Sep 2008 10:28pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: chiccy]
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The only member of my family that hasn't worked there at some point is my Baby brother (sorry Dan). I'll ask my Mum what she remembers and post it too.
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#254282 - 1st Sep 2008 11:11pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: Wench]
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Businessman William Hesketh Lever, who founded Lever Brothers, which went on to become one of the largest soap-making companies in the world, was born on 19 September 1851 in Wood Street, Bolton. He left school at the age of fifteen and joined his father's grocery business in 1867. One of his first jobs was to cut and wrap soap. He then became a traveller (salesman) for the company and in 1872 William became a partner in the business on a salary of £800 per year.

On 15 April 1874 he married his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Ellen Hulme at St. George's Congregational Church, Bolton.

He had the idea of branding and packaging soap, which until that time was kept in large bars and smaller bars were cut from this for customers when they wanted soap. One of the first brand names he registered was Sunlight. He had previously marketed soaps from other companies in the north-west of England such as Gossages of Widnes and Hazlehursts of Runcorn (which were later taken over by Lever Brothers). He wanted a better quality of soap so he set up a partnership with his brother James and leased a factory in Warrington to manufacture soap.

Family and politics
His first son William Hulme Lever was born in 1888 and the family moved to Thornton Manor on the Wirral. In the same year Lever bought land at Bebington to the south of Birkenhead on the Wirral to build Port Sunlight, a village for a new factories and the people who would be working there.

Lever also got involved in politics and in 1892 stood as Liberal candidate for Birkenhead in the parliamentary elections. He lost but did win when he stood for the Wirral in 1906.

In 1894 Lever Brothers became a public company as it was growing and needed to sell shares to raise money for further expansion.

He was created a baronet in 1911 and became Sir William Lever. Two years later Lady Lever died. Lord Leverhulme missed her greatly and said "I am convinced that without her great influence there would have been neither a Port Sunlight, nor a Lever Brothers as we know it today." A few days before her death their home at Rivington near Bolton was attacked by arsonists campaigning for the vote for women. He was affected by his wife's death so much that he decided to build an art gallery in Port Sunlight in her memory and in 1914 the foundation stone of the Lady Lever Art Gallery was laid. The building was completed in 1922.

Thoughts of retirement lead to more schemes
He was thinking about retiring in 1917 and bought land in the Western Isles off the north-west coast of Scotland in Lewis and Harris. However instead of retirement this move led to the setting up of another company and plans to improve the economy of the islands and the lives of the people living there. He set up several companies to do this and although his plans were partially successful, he eventually sold his land to the locals in 1923.

He became a lord in 1917 and took the title of Lord Leverhulme of Bolton-le-Moors. From 1917-1918 he served as High Sheriff of Lancashire and in 1918 he was also Mayor of Bolton.

In 1922 he was made a Viscount, and became Viscount Leverhulme of the Western Isles.

He died on 7 May 1925 at The Hill, his London home at Hampstead shortly after coming home from a world tour. He was buried next to his wife at Christ Church in Port Sunlight, the church he had paid for to be built in 1904.

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#283304 - 12th Jan 2009 10:31pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: ]
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I worked a Levers in 1964 in the printing room, was only there a year but it was a fun place to work, we laughed every day, i worked checking Batchelor pea labels for faults, such as blurred writing, wrong colour, edging not right, then moved to having to strip the edges off the flat boxes, got loads of paper cuts on that job, then to the machines, we would have to feed the boxes at the front, the machine would fold them up and we would have to take them off the other end, a 100 at a time, then stack them onto a trolley, my favourite box to do was blue band margarine, that was brilliant to do. We had an old guy called Norman who use to bring our tea, coffee and cakes round, he was sweet, always smiling and ready for a laugh. In our dinner hour after lunch, us girls would get together and in turn another girl would do our hair in beehives, using sugar and water as hairspray, the only way to wash it out was with Omo washing powder, but it did our hair no harm, we were all Dusty Springfields in them days. The only thing i didn't like about Levers was, once them gates were closed, that was it, you couldn't get out, and if you were late, they docked it out of your wages, i got £5.19.6 a week there, and went to Rostances for clothes, and Timpsons for my shoes, both in New Ferry, then if a record caught my eye, 6/8p in Woolies, good days.
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#283317 - 12th Jan 2009 11:56pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: Mad_Babs]
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Great memories, Babs. Got any more?
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#283320 - 13th Jan 2009 12:03am Re: Lever Brothers [Re: chriskay]
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Chris, she has LOADS!! If Dad was still alive he'd have a lot more as he worked there for 50 yrs. Mum was saying something about munitions there ? during the war. I'm sure she'll post it when she reads this. There was only my little brother that didn't work there. Think we all did at some stage or other - even me.
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#284593 - 17th Jan 2009 6:06pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: Wench]
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Yes, loads of memories

- The mad 5pm rush for the dozens of buses all lined up outside
- Nobody sitting next to me on the bus because I had spent the day digging crud out of the bottom of tallow tanks
- Almost sticking to the floor and handrails in Pears dept because the whole place had layers and layers of ancient soap
- The effects of breathing alcohol fumes in the Pears tablet finishing area
- The bacon and sausage butties mid morning from the canteen
- Parking my m/c in the wharf carpark, crossing the bridge over the creek and nipping into Stores Disposal to see what gems old Fletcher had in Stores Disposal. We were both rogues.

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#284597 - 17th Jan 2009 6:39pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: Wench]
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Chris, she has LOADS!! If Dad was still alive he'd have a lot more as he worked there for 50 yrs. Mum was saying something about munitions there ? during the war. I'm sure she'll post it when she reads this. There was only my little brother that didn't work there. Think we all did at some stage or other - even me.


I like many others also worked there as a subby,your Mum is right.Levers had a munitions factory which was located under Lever house,some of the assembly is still there.

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#552510 - 27th Jul 2011 3:59pm Re: Lever Brothers [Re: Mad_Babs]
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The only thing i didn't like about Levers was, once them gates were closed, that was it, you couldn't get out


You could always walk through the South Wing offices and get out via the main door at the front.

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