Imp'40 Venue

The venue for the main event and camping is Ocean Field at Wirral RFC, near to Thornton Hough on the Wirral.
Take a look at The Diary to see how we are getting on with the arrangements.

News: important information will be posted close to the event date. Keep checking this link.

At and around the Venue

First a bit of history:

Thornton Manor, the historic Wirral home of the late Lord Leverhulme, was put up for sale in 2001.
London-based FPD Savills and Smith Gore marketed the Grade II listed property which, they said, had a number of possible uses, including residential development, hotel and conferencing, or educational and institutional occupancy.
The death of the third and last Lord Leverhulme occurred in July 2000. He was eighty-five and left more than 31 million in his will. He is survived by three daughters.
Thornton Manor, a Victorian Gothic-style house built in the 1840s, was sold together with cottages, stabling, gardens and more than 125 acres of parkland. The remainder of the Thornton Manor Estate, including most of Thornton Hough village, is to be retained by the Leverhulme family.
The contents of the manor which ran into thousands of lots were sold by Sotheby's at a three-day sale in May 2001.
According to a spokesman, it was the most significant house contents sale since that of Mentmore, in Buckinghamshire, the former home of the Victorian Prime Minister, Lord Rosbery, which realised 6.3 million in 1977. If the sale of Tyntesfield had gone ahead before it was acquired by the National Trust, that might have been a different story.
The Leverhulme family fortune stems from William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme and the creator of Sunlight Soap. This was the first commercially packaged soap and it led to Lever building Port Sunlight village to house his workers. It became one of the most famous examples of a garden and industrial village.
A keen student of architecture, Lever employed over thirty architects to build Port Sunlight, amongst them a then little-known young man, Edward Lutyens. The result was a heady mixture of all varieties of architecture, with plenty of open spaces and flowering gardens.
Lever was also passionate about art and antiques and he created the Lady Lever art gallery at Port Sunlight. It is said that Lever bought more art objects in his lifetime than anyone else on earth. Upon his death, the art gallery was given to the nation.
The first Levers' soap was manufactured in Warrington by William and his brother James. The company moved to Port Sunlight, on Bromborough Pool, in 1888 when William also bought Thornton Manor.
He went on to become the first industrialist to create a muti-national company and it survives today under the name of Unilever.

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For all the information you need, try these links:

Imp'40 Event Programme

Getting There

Where to Stay

Facilities at the Venue


Pubs and Restaurants

Nearby Shops

Things to see

What to do in an Emergency

Site Layout

Provisional layout

Take a look at for more images of the area from Simon Jones. You'll need Quicktime to view them as movies.