Poor Victorians
external image Locksmiths%2520House.jpg Poor Victorian houses(John Moore)

Poor Vitorians had very few luxuries, ate food they could afford to buy and worked long hours from a very young age. Poor Victorians also lived in damp and filthy conditions. Many of the children died of disease. (Suzi Hardyway)

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The last resort for the homeless and poor, were made as miserable as possible to discourage reliance on public assistance. Upon entering, inmates were stripped, searched, washed, given shapeless striped clothing to wear and shorn of hair in short, they were treated like criminals. Husbands and wives were separated into men's and women's quarters to "avert breeding." Mothers were taken away from children to end "negative influences" on the young. Brothers and sisters were kept apart to avoid the "natural" inclination of the poor toward incest. After inmates were split up by age and sex, no health-related separation took place: the ill, insane and able-bodied all lived together. Meals were purposely inadequate, consisting mainly of single pints of gruel, a few ounces of bread and water. Rooms measuring 20 feet long accommodated upwards of 30 people. Most inmates shared a bed. Heating was overlooked; often a block of rooms shared but one fireplace. Work involved back-breaking labor such as stone-splitting, mill-driving, bone-crushing and heavy housework. The least able-bodied. The old, the sick and the very young suffered most of all.
(BY Kaitlyn O'neill )

Poor Victorians ( Editor:Tonicha McGowan )
In the 1830s children could wave at puffing steam trains on the railways. By the 186
0s, they rode bicycles, watched airships, ate tinned food, and talked excitedly of the latest huge iron steamships. In the 1880s, lucky children could speak on the telephone and in the 1890s they could travel by motor car.
Life was not the same for all children during the Victorian times. The kind of life a child had in the Victorian times depended on its family. (Tonicha McGowan)

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This is a picture of poor Victorian children who were forced to work from a very young age. (Eve Niblock)

Poor Victorian children were often forced to work almost as soon as they could walk. This was not something new to the Victorian era as children had always been been expected to work for hundreds of years. (Eve Niblock)

Most people in Britain were very poor and lived in small and overcrowded houses. Everyone had to work, often even children. Families with no money either starved or went to the workhouse. It was very hard for poor people to improve their lives, they had little education, wages were low and few would help them. (Niamh Tweedie)
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external image child_worker.jpgThis is a young poor boy who had to work from a young age just to get some food.(Louise Wylie)

This is a typical girls costume that would have been worn in Victorian times (Sarah Lynch)
This is a typical girls costume that would have been worn in Victorian times (Sarah Lynch)

This is a typical boys costume that would have been worn in Victorian times (Sarah Lynch)
This is a typical boys costume that would have been worn in Victorian times (Sarah Lynch)

Most children from poor families had to work because their families needed the money.
Having a job is important so you can earn money. The more people in a family who work, the better chance of having more money. More money means more food and better living conditions.
(Clarissa Patton) they were strong like a bird and they will fly ................ not
they will fly like hippotomases

The Poor
The Wealthy

Few luxuries.

  • ate food they could afford to buy
  • worked long hours
  • lived in damp, filthy conditions.
  • Many children died of disease.

  • usually well fed, clean and well clothed.
  • didn't need to work
  • lived in big houses with servants
  • went on holidays
  • children had expensive toys
  • children went to school (Clare Carson)