Hartley's jam village made a conservation area

image captionHartley's Village was founded in 1886

A Victorian jam making complex in Liverpool has been designated a conservation area.

Hartley's Village, Aintree, founded in 1886, was a manufacturing base for Hartley's Jam until the mid 1900s. It includes a purpose built factory, model village and recreation land.

The village was proposed for conservation status as an example of Victorian manufacturing philanthropy.

It was requested by residents and the Hartley Village Heritage Council.

'Historic character'

The village was created by William Pickles Hartley, a staunch Methodist who advocated high standards of welfare for his workers.

The Grade II listed factory was built with workers' housing and recreational facilities nearby.

The village had about 49 houses in roads named Sugar Street and Spice Street.

Now part of an industrial estate, the surviving parts of the Hartley factory, workers' houses and the reservoir for steam engine boilers that provided the factory's power are included in the conservation area.

Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: "Hartley's Village is an area with a special architectural and historic character and it's really important that this is protected.

"By granting Hartley's Village this status, we hope to protect this important part of Liverpool's history for future generations, as well as identifying opportunities to improve the area."

Liverpool currently has 35 conservation areas which contain about 19,000 properties.

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