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Grade II

21 Upper Dicconson Street

21 Upper Dicconson Street, Wigan

Listed Date: 05/05/1995
Part of Group: No
At Risk: No
Historic England Ref: 317 (Link)


End-of-terrace town house.1887 History: occupied from 1877 to 1884 by William Hesketh Lever, subsequently Viscount Leverhulme, founder of soap-manufacturing empire, at the time when he was setting up the business in Wigan. The interior decoration and fittings of this house are early evidence of the artistic interests of Lord and Lady Leverhulme, and of the earliest origins of the Lady Lever Collection, perhaps!


“In 1877 I started a branch grocery business in Wigan, I began at Wigan to develop soap products, with production at a small works in Warrington, removing in 1889 to Port Sunlight” …… William’s evidence in a libel case against Lord Northcliffe’s Daily Mail in 1901.

For more information on William's life and work in Wigan, between 1887-1884.  - Link


In 1900, William Lever bought the Rivington Hall estate. He wanted very much to open up part of it to the public as a park and, in 1902, work began to make 400 acres accessible to all. Two years later the park opened, and work to improve the site would continue for the next seven years, all paid for by Lever.

More information on the history of Rivington Barn Link