Inside A Poor Victorian House
A rare view inside a 19th century victorian home.
Inside a poor victorian house. In these facilities poor people ate thrifty unpalatable food slept in crowded often unsanitary conditions and were put to work breaking stones crushing bones spinning cloth or doing. Open sewers ran along the streets in poor areas making them very smelly and unhealthy. The houses would share toilets and water which they could get from a pump or a well. A poor victorian family would have lived in a very small house with only a couple of rooms on each floor.
Unfortunately i was not able to finish inside the victorian home before i had to return it to the library but i enjoyed the part i was able to read. Each chapter is devoted to a room found in the victorian house. Poor homes poor people in victorian times lived in horrible cramped conditions in run down houses often with the whole family in one room. The very poorest families had to make do with even less some houses were home to two three or even four families.
The book is best described as a social history of the 19th century but it uses the home as the lens for the discussion. Makes me want to light a fire and just sit and enjoy. Inside an 1880 s home. While a rich family might live in a large beautiful house with several bedrooms a large living room a parlor and a dining room separate from the kitchen poor children might have as little as one room for the family to live in.
People crowded into already crowded houses. You can tell from the gun rug and antlers that this was a hunting family and from the spinning wheel that while they were fairly well off they still made due with what they had.