Victorian Times- 1837-1901
What do Victorian times mean? Victorian times means during Victoria's rule. The time Queen Victoria was on the throne. She ruled for 64 years. What was it like living in the Victorian times? There was no electricity, instead gas lamps or candles were used for light. There were no cars. People walked, travelled by boat or train or used coach horses to move from place to place. Why are the Victorians so famous? Britain managed to build a huge empire during the Victorian period. It was also a time of tremendous change in the lives of British people. In 1837 most people lived in villages and worked on the land; by 1901, most lived in towns and worked in offices, shops and factories. During Queen Victoria's reign: •Britain became the most powerful and richest country in the world, with the largest empire that had ever existed, ruling a quarter of the world's population. •Towns and cities got piped water, gas and, by the end of the century, electricity •The number of people living in Britain more than doubled from 16 million to 37 million, causing a huge demand for food, clothes and housing. •Factories and machines were built to meet this demand and new towns grew up, changing the landscape and the ways people lived and worked. •Railways,...
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