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Perched on the southern bank of the Mersey lies the town of Eastham, bordered by the M53 linking Birkenhead to the Midlands and a stone's throw from Chester. The town also shares a boundary with the towns of Bromborough and Port Sunlight, a workers' town built by the Lever Brothers company, pioneers of Britain's early soap industry; and many of the town's residents would have found employment at the Lever factory in it's heyday. The original town is thought to have been an inhabited community since the time of the Saxons, and is centred around the church of St Mary's and it's centuries-old Yew tree. Eastham is home to a country park frequented by visitors in Victorian times, ferried from nearby Liverpool, once known as the Pleasure Gardens. The town also has Eastham lock within it's bounds, which is the point at which the Manchester Ship Canal terminates at it's western end.