However, these changes did not take place overnight. Victorian Street Children Street children in Victorian times were found in abundance living in alleys or side streets. There was some rudimentary medical care — interesting mainly as the first example of medical care provided by a state-funded organisation, in which one may perhaps see the germs of the National Health Service a century later. Prostitution It was no wonder that so many women took to prostitution, when the alternatives were so grim. Henry Mayhew, Introduction London: Penguin, 1985 originally published 1851 4. With the arrival of Christianity, pagan festivals became mixed with Christmas celebrations. Faced with the choice of living in these conditions or living on the street some children chose the street.
Poverty and Families in the Victorian Era This article by Barbara Daniels gives an overview of the causes and the effects of poverty on poor families and children in Victorian Britain. Money Pounds £ Shillings s. Proper sewers and drains were built. As unbelievable as it sounds, sometimes even 4 or 5 years old. This in itself was seen to be sufficient fulfillment for an upper class woman and the role of devoted wife and mother was highly idealized in Victorian Britain.
For the most part, children of wealthy parents did not attend school outside of the home. If you don't have much money you can't buy many things. Eventually, in response to the poor living conditions of the working class and poor segment of the Victorian Age English population, Parliament passed laws in 1848 that allowed the city councils to improve the streets and housing of England. The largest differences are between the photos. Basic foods were: beef, mutton, pork, bacon, cheese, eggs, bread, potatoes, rice, oatmeal, milk, vegetables in season, flour, sugar, treacle, jam and tea.
She does so by contrasting the lives of rich and poor — and then showing just what these two very different groups had in common. The invention of the steam-powered engine led to the growth of factories, mainly textile mills. Housing conditions like this were perfect breeding grounds for disease. The wealth and technologies generated by the industrial revolution of the Victorian era changed the face of Christmas forever. Keep in mind that families were large in Victorian times, especially poor families. Many of the teachers were in ill health and unable to work anywhere else. There was an enormous gap between these two classes and the working and poor classes.
Instead, the garments were designed beautifully so that women may resemble and compliment the décor of their lavish home, where they could look after their family and entertain, minus the strains and stresses of working and getting messy. The children of rich Victorians spent the majority of their day with their nanny. As you can imagine this caused great curiosity among the poor about how the wealthy people lived. The more people in a family who work, the better chance of having more money. Philanthrophy A number of charitable individuals and societies attempted to 'save' prostitutes, who were mostly outcast and desperate. The Queen however, wore only black for the rest of her life. With factories however came mass production, which brought with it games, dolls, books and clockwork toys all at a more affordable price.
A whole street sometimes more would have to share a couple of toilets and a pump. This established new rules declaring that elementary education was to be free for all and not just for those in severe poverty. In her latest article, Georgie Broad reflects on the life of women in Victorian Britain. The houses were cheap, most had between two and four rooms — one or two rooms downstairs, and one or two rooms upstairs, but Victorian families were big with perhaps four or five children. They also played Noughts and Crosses, Tiddlywinks, Shove Halfpenny and Bagatelle.
These houses had ample space for the family, which averaged between four to six children, and the servants. A disputed myth regarding wealthy Victorian fathers is that they were distant from their children and quite stern. But how different were the homes they lived in? Living in these tight quarters caused the family to be much closer. It was becoming clear that the new Poor Law Act was not succeeding in its aim, despite successive tightening of the screws. A look at how they lived, played, worked and survived.
People crowded into already crammed houses. Although there were no schools fully funded by the government yet, parliament was allocating more money than ever for education in the 1860s. Victorian Houses and Homes of the Poor The poor Victorian Children lived in much smaller accommodations than the rich children did. Once the acute phase was over and she was discharged, a woman had no choice but to return to the streets and take up her previous life, infecting a new wave of customers. They were clothed, and even, occasionally, washed.
Learning Objectives: To investigate the differences between the lives of Rich and Poor Victorians. Barbara Daniels, March 2003 References For full publication details of the items listed below, links will take you to the Bibliography section of this website. Dancing and grand social parties were commonplace in the lives of wealthy Victorian women, and offered them a chance to mingle with other women of similar backgrounds and to show off their fineries. There was no money for toys so they made their own entertainment by climbing trees or lamp-posts or paddling in a stream. Meat and Wine also formed a crucial part of the rich Victorian diet. Discarded cigar butts could be recycled and marketed as new.
Day to day living was nothing more than a lonely monotonous routine and very formal. Head teachers were being made more responsible for the students under their care. Opportunity to learn and progress was greater than ever…for everyone. The building could because at that times, streets were very poor. When Victoria first came to the throne however, both chicken and turkey were too expensive for most people to enjoy.