Poor families during the Victorian era

The Victorians liked to have their social classes clearly defined. The working class was divided into three layers, the lowest being ‘working men’ or laborers, then the ‘intelligent artisan’, and above him the ‘educated working man’.

In reality, things were not so tidily demarcated. The children had to work because their families needed money, even on the age of 5 years old.

Destitute children typical admissions to Dr Barnardo's Home in 1874

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