What was it really like for Working Class people during the Industrial Revolution?
Poor families from all over the UK piled in to cities and large towns such as, Mancester and Bradford in search of even a ounce of work to pay for even the smallest of things. The populations of these places grew by a significant amount as Bradford's population increased by 50% and Manchester's population increased by 6 times. As population increased the living and working conditions worsened making disease rife and in many cases basic hygiene was often hard to come by. During the 1800's the UK was a hub of innovation, new technologies and mass production it was also the start of vast factories, huge confusing machines child labour on small, small wages and the creation of jobs for the penniless masses. As many people know the employers of the time were only there to make money and not caring what the working conditions were like for thier workers. However, accommodation was sometimes provided by by the employer and most are still occupied to this is day. Also, the overall working conditions were very dangerous for many small children or child labourers as they had to go under the fast paced machines in order to clean them out. This was dangerous because as the machines were working at such a speed the children could get caught in them and cause themselves very serious injuries.
What was the Industrial Revolution?
The Industrial Revolution lasted between 18th and 19th Century. The time which shaped life as we know it from the Toaster to the ordinary Tin Can. The spirit of the Industrial Revolution is still around today. For example, Ironbridge in Shropshire, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Sir Richard Arkwight's first Cotton Mill in Cromford, Derbyshire.