KING EDWARD VI CAMP HILL SCHOOL FOR BOYS
GEOGRAPHY DEPARTMENT
CHESTER - 2000
PLANNED VICTORIAN TOWNS
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
7A - PRICETOWN
Pricetown. A small planned village to house the workers of the Price candle factory. They relocated the factory from the squalor of Battersea in London to the rural idyll of Brombrough Pool on the Wirral
The first houses were built in 1853. This planned factory village is built nearly 40 years before Port Sunlight. Unfortunately the burdon of the expense of the village led to owners and benefactors losing their control of the business.
These houses provided a sharp contrast to the living conditions of the nearby Liverpudlians. Many of their London workers moved to the Wirral with the Wilson family. The Wilson brothers had a passion for cricket. Central to the village is a large cricket pitch.
This image shows the view across the village green towards the manager's houses. The factory made candles sold as Prices' candles. Sadly the owners, the Wilson brothers died peniless having lost their wealth in building the village which coincided with a reduced trade in candles.
The Wilson brothers ensured the village had social ameneties - a church, a school and a village hall.

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The Roman Settlement in Chester
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The Medieval Settlement
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Relic land use and the modern CBD
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Conzen's Theory in practice
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Architectural Styles in Chester
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Evidence of 19th century industry
7b
Port Sunlight
7c
Port Sunlight II
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Preservation and conservation of the past
Copyright 2000