Victorian Children

Most children in Victorian times had to work. Lots of children had to work in the coal mines. Some children had to start work at 2am and then stay below ground for 18 hours.
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Working in factories was very dangerous for children. They would often be made to crawl around under the machines! It was very hot and the factory air was full of dust and oil.

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Not many children went to school at the start of the Victorian age. There were some good schools for wealthy boys, but girls from rich families were mostly taught at home. Some schools gave free places to poor boys.

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During Victorian times there were a lot of books written especially for children. The most famous is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, written by Lewis Carroll in 1865.

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Victorian children played lots of outside games. They shared toys like marbles and skipping ropes. They made balls out of rags and bats from pieces of wood.

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In Victorian classrooms, children wrote on slates with chalk! They would wipe the slates clean by spitting on them and then rubbing with their fingers or coat sleeves. When they wrote on paper, children would dip a metal pen into an ink well.

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Zoos were very popular in Victorian times. Children were allowed to ride on the Elephants and Camels!

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Families also went to the seaside for the day on the train. They enjoyed all the things we do today, like fish and chips, ice cream, paddling and building sandcastles.

Learn more about what happened in Victorian times

The Victorian Age

The Potato Famine

Queen Victoria

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