Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

8/9/2007

Victorian Britain

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The visitors who came to the Great Exhibition on the shilling days were often working people from the Midlands and the North. They would have worked in factories, coalmines and on the railway. 4 shillings would have been at least a day’s pay for many of them. What was it like to work in Victorian Britain?

Did working people share in the enormous wealth and prosperity of the Great Exhibition?
In the middle of the 18th century, most coalmines in Britain were near the surface and mining was a small scale industry where families worked together in bell-pits or adits. But in the second half of the century surface coal began to run out and mines became deeper. for more click here

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