Living Conditions of Industrial Cities in the 19th Century

571 Words Jan 26th, 2018 2 Pages
The living conditions in the Industrial Revolution varied from city to city depending on how much the factory owners cared for their workers or how much industry went on there. The Industrial Revolution gained pace during Victoria's reign because of the power of steam. Victorian engineers developed larger powerful machines that could run whole factories. This led to a massive increase in the number of factories. Despite the growing wealth due to trade and commerce, many of the working people, who actually produced the wealth, lived, worked and died in very poor conditions. The Industrial Revolution was stimulated by Britain's gargantuan empire and its growing level of trade. There was increased demand for the export of goods from Britain and greater pressure on importing goods into Britain.
The industrialisation of Britain’s towns and cities had a detrimental effect on the people who came to live there. Living conditions in the 1800s were incredibly unequal. The rich and powerful factory owners would live out in the quiet peaceful countryside with lots of creature comforts, whilst their workers would return into smelly, dirty and minuscule back-to-back terraces at the end of a long working day. These homes were usually built with no inside toilets or running water. People either washed in a tin bath or at a pump outside. Many people decided not to wash at all as it was the easiest option. There was a…