The Victorians

Festive Fun

The tradition of putting up a Christmas tree is in part thanks to Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert. Born and raised in Germany, where the Christmas tree was common, he transplanted the Christmas symbol to England by bringing one to Windsor castle in 1840. Other Christmas traditions that originated in the Victorian era included the exchanging of presents, giving out Christmas cards.

Working 9 to 5

Children going to work was common for the Victorians, largely because poor families didn’t earn enough for food without it. One job that had a high demand for children was work in the coal mines. Children made excellent coal miners because they could manoeuvre into tight spaces, and they required far less pay than adult workers. The children would work for 12 to 18 hours in air saturated with coal dust, and the constant danger.

Hello guvnor!

Street sellers of the Victorian age would sell some unusual foods. One popular delicacy was sheep’s feet, which were sold hot or cold. They were called trotters, and could be purchased at a low price from slaughterhouses, so vendors would buy them and prepare them at home by skinning and parboiling them, before selling them to workers in the street. Customers would then suck the meat and fat off the bones.

Fancy A Brew?

Clean, potable water was hard to come by in Victorian society. It was generally polluted and considered more dangerous to drink than nature’s other perfect liquid—beer. Whether you were sick, pregnant, or just a child, beer was generally safer to drink than water, and so, you drank it.

Kindly Mothers

Welcome to the Baby Farmer, that's right in the Victorian Era if you didn't want your child you could pay someone to have it. It would cost you £5, and you could have your child back or just abandon it. £5 wasn't much and so, once the money ran out, that was it. Many died, or to be honest many were abandoned, thrown in the Thames or off railway bridges. Many doctors would just put 'died of natural cause'.

Son of Zob

Abishag, Lettuce, Ham, Uz, Tram, Despair, Brained, Feather, Clapham, Murder, & Wonderful. Just some of the names given to children of the age. One would have to say either they really did hate children back then or they just had very little imagination. Could you imagine being called Depair?

Alright, Sport?

It was in the Victorian Times when many sports that we know today started to flourish manily because many more people were living in the cities so there needed to be some form of entertainment. So this was when you would see the start of many sports such as Football, Cricket, Rugby, Sailing and Horse Racing for example. The thing was that these were and would become big spectator sports. Along with being a spectator it also allowed people to carry on doing what they loved to do, gamble. Paople were moving from cock fighting, dog fighting etc to an actual sport.

Hot Chocolate

In 1854 at Balaclava, solidiers would appreciate chocolate. They wouldn't eat it, it would arrive in circular disc shapes like a big cheese. The soldiers would find out that it would burn, so they would build themselves a fire and burn the chocolate thus it would then keep them warm for the first few months. A new meaning to having a hot chocolate.