Darkest Victorian London

Sounds like Octavia Hill should be made a saint. God bless her efforts.

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I recently went on a London walking tour which was entitled “Darkest Victorian London.”  In addition to referencing the horrible industrial pollution that blanketed London during that time, the title primarily referred to the lives of poor people during the 19th century.  Since this was also the time of the emergence of many social safety net programs, I found this historical walk completely fascinating, and did some further reading afterward.

"The Crawlers" by John Thomson, circa 1877.  Destitute mother and child. “The Crawlers” by John Thomson, circa 1877. Destitute mother and child.

Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to her death in Jan 1901.  During this time, Britain experienced a huge growth in population, spurred on by the Industrial Revolution.  London was overcrowded and filthy, without a proper sewage system for its population of two million.  Huge disparities existed between the rich and poor.  Child labor was common; Charles Dickens worked in a factory when he was 12 years old while the…

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