But how different were the homes they lived in? Unlike their lower class counterparts, upper class Victorian women more often than not had staff to help with the running of their home and the raising of their children, leaving them with plenty of time to enjoy the finer things in life. Mothers sometimes taught their sons and daughters to read and write, and fathers would sometimes teach Latin to their sons. Feet clad in fashionable but hardwearing leather the unsuspecting birds would have set out on the 80-mile hike from the Norfolk farms. A clerk, reduced to the workhouse perhaps because of a gap between jobs, had to try to break granite rocks with a heavy hammer, in an open shed with no protection from frost or heat, when he had never held anything heavier than a pen. The teachers were very strict and often beat pupils. Public outhouses were used by everyone that lived within the block. When slums were knocked down in 1875 the poor people had little choice but to move to another slum, making that one worse.
Tiny houses were found on narrow streets and had no inside toilets or running water. Consequently available housing became scarce and therefore expensive, resulting in extremely overcrowded conditions. By the end of the century there were three times more people living in Great Britain than at the beginning. Women of every class came together to stand against the injustice and inequality of the voting system and to lobby for their right to vote. Which was 67 years before the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, which was created in 1891~ What conditions did they have to work in? The nanny was in effect a substitute parent. Sometimes two or more families would share an apartment. Teachers may wish to ease their pupils gently into working with the census returns.
This was the top of the working class pyramid. Three years later a series of gruesome murders began in the east end of London. Another suitable occupation, in the eyes of the authorities, was oakum-picking: unravelling lengths of tarred rope, for use in calking the seams of battleships. The victims were all prostitutes. Despite the progressive nature of England in various fields, the people within the country faced challenges like a limitation of food. Nannies were usually older women that had never been married. There was no plumbing or bathrooms much less flushing toilets.
By the end of the 1800s many of the town schools even had libraries as well as pianos. Victorians enjoyed singing, rich families would sing around the piano, while poor families enjoyed playing the pipe or a fiddle. Working conditions for children of the Victorian age were dreadful. The days were gone in which it was acceptable to worry that by letting poorer children go to school to learn they would become unhappy with their social standing. This established new rules declaring that elementary education was to be free for all and not just for those in severe poverty. They only got very little money they would have to work from the age of 5 and above erly hours in the morning to late at night. Proper sewers and drains were built.
Through maps and documents We can study Victorian maps and documents, such as the forms that were filled in during the census. They were clothed, and even, occasionally, washed. Most poor families lived in small apartments. The children were entitled to some elementary education, but this was often ignored by the workhouse keeper. 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. Some no bigger than one room. The images we have today of Victorian women, clad in fine fabrics, grand dresses, bonnets and petticoats, are the clothes of the upper classes.
Examples were, clothes peg becomes a rag doll, a lump of wood becomes a toy boat. Now, the government had taken the decision out of their hands: these new laws meant that every child had to attend school. Unfortunately, this did not reduce overcrowding or improve building standards. Very poor people with no home or job lived in 'workhouses'. East London had the most well-known slums of that time. They were better built, larger and had most of the new gadgets installed, such as flushing toilets, gas lighting, and inside bathrooms.
Many times nannies were intolerant and very strict and sometimes plain mean. Middle class families were considered wealthy and typically had fathers who held professional positions such as doctors, lawyers, bankers, factory owners, merchants, and shopkeepers. She died on 22nd January 1901. Wealthy Victorian Children rarely communicated with their parents except for a specified time each day. They worked very hard and for long hours every day. The different slums were given names such as Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Bethnal Green and Old Nichol.
This was especially common in big cities like London, where the rapid population growths mirrored the economic growth of the Industrial Revolution, as stated by Hidden Lives Revealed. The building could because at that times, streets were very poor. She also gave presents to palace servants. Children from poorer families often worked in order to help their families who did not have much money. With factories however came mass production, which brought with it games, dolls, books and clockwork toys all at a more affordable price.
During lessons, you would be expected to pay attention and work to a high standard. One of the most important Education Acts to be passed towards the end of the century was the 1891 Elementary Education Act. Great wealth and extreme poverty lived side by side because the tenements, slums, rookeries were only a stones throw from the large elegant houses of the rich. These houses had ample space for the family, which averaged between four to six children, and the servants. A nanny would look after the children and often take them to the park or zoo.