The 1st Viscount Leverhulme and the Rebuilding of Liverpool castle
The 1st Viscount Leverhulme had a vision to rebuild Liverpool's lost medieval castle, but he didn't rebuild it in the port, he instead chose Rivington Pike, on the eastern bank of Lower Rivington Reservoir. Liverpool castle was built in the fourteenth century, but was demolished in the early eighteenth century as the port was expanding. An industrialist, philanthropist, Freemason and founder of Lever Brothers and Port Sunlight, the 1st Viscount Leverhulme commissioned the construction of the new castle in 1912 but ceased in 1925 when he died. The castle is thus incomplete and as an extravagant folly, gives an insight into the romantic mind of Viscount Leverhulme. For more information on Port Sunlight click here for a previous blog post.
The rebuilt Liverpool castle with Rivington Pike in the background.