What was life like in victorian England?
 A crew of
“navvies”
at work.
 A spike
 Queen Victoria (b. 24 May 1819)
reigned from 20 June 1837 until
22 January 1901.
 Her reign of 63 years and seven
month...
The “railway mania”: In 1840 Britain only had 480 km of railways. A total of 6,220
miles (10,010 km) of railway line were ...
Economic Social Political
Industry grew as the railways needed
coal and iron.
The railways provided jobs for the
navvies, ...
Victorian england
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Victorian england

  1. 1. What was life like in victorian England?
  2. 2.  A crew of “navvies” at work.  A spike
  3. 3.  Queen Victoria (b. 24 May 1819) reigned from 20 June 1837 until 22 January 1901.  Her reign of 63 years and seven months is known as the “Victorian era”.  It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scie ntific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire.
  4. 4. The “railway mania”: In 1840 Britain only had 480 km of railways. A total of 6,220 miles (10,010 km) of railway line were built as a result of projects authorized between 1844 and 1846. A “ boom and bust” cycle.
  5. 5. Economic Social Political Industry grew as the railways needed coal and iron. The railways provided jobs for the navvies, drivers, guards etc…) National newspapers, pamphlets and newsletters could be delivered much faster by train. The transport of heavy materials and other goods became much cheaper. Seaside resorts developed – the railways made cheap day trips possible. The government could send soldiers by train to stop political unrest and protests. Seaside resorts developed – the railways made cheap day trips possible. Fresh meat, fish, milk and vegetables could be delivered into towns by the railway. Political movements spread around the country because members of organisations could travel around the country to drum up support. Fresh meat, fish, milk and vegetables could be delivered into towns by the railway Railways encouraged people to travel further and this meant people could move to different areas to find work. People were willing to invest in railway stocks and this boosted Britain's economy. The railways mixed regional cultures because people from different regions were able to meet. One of Britain's biggest exports was locomotives and train parts. Many sports became regulated because national competitions could be set up for rugby, football and cricket. Turnpike trusts, canals and stage- coach companies could not compete with the speed of the railways. British time became standardized (GMT) because trains had to run to a set timetable across the country. Thousands of navvies suffered injuries or even died while building the railways. Many houses were destroyed to build large railway stations.

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