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Porter's Row

Set just aside from the rest of the museum, Porter's Row and its traditional cottage garden present a lovingly recreated picture of domestic life through the ages in Ellesmere Port's canal docks.

Originally built in 1833 the four cottages of Porter's Row were, over the years, home to shipwrights, blacksmiths, railway workers and, of course, porters and their families. 

Today the cottages recreate homes from the 1840s, 1900s, 1930s and 1950s - each with the decor and features of its time, from oil lamps to electric light and from coal-fired coppers to early hand-operated washing machines.

Look out for...

If you are lucky, you may run into our housekeeper.*  She will be happy to tell you all about her her life in Porters' Row.

Traditional games for visitors of all ages to test out their dexterity and skill!


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* Our museum volunteers help out from five days a year to five days a week. We always need more volunteers and as well as the Porters Row we need help with our gardens, guided tours and more.  If you think you may like to get involved in helping bring Porters' Row to life click here for more information.


Porters' Row, VE Day.

Porters Row interior.

Porters' Row House Keeper, 1950s







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