the victorian era, Britain

Victorian Britain in Photographs

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The Victorian period was defined by the rule of Queen Victoria from June 1837 until her death in January 1901. A flourishing Britain gained a dominant world position, in which industries boomed and the British Empire held sway over one quarter of the world's population. At its peak, it was the largest empire in history, controlling more land mass than even the Mongol empire centuries before it.

We hold an extensive collection of pictures taken during the latter part of Queen Victoria's rule, between 1890 to 1900. Whilst the advent of colour photography remained in its infancy, these colour photochrom depictions of Great Britain were the result of transferring an original photographic negative onto litho and chromographic printing plates.

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Victorian Pictures

Below is a random selection from Victorian England. Click on the image to view displayed item.

Britain in the Victorian era saw a dramatic increase in forms of entertainment. Blood sports such as cock fighting and bear baiting became outlawed, and with the enhancement of rail links, seaside visits became more commonplace.

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When bank holidays were introduced in 1871, families could take to the sea-side, enjoying the piers, candy-floss and fish and chips (the latter being commercially introduced in 1860). Other forms of entertainment from theatre, art, music, opera and drama received increased interest, although in contrast gambling, drinking and prostitution also rose in accordance.

The industrial revolution paved the way for modern twentieth century consumer society. Britain saw a great number of technological revolutions and produced more than half its own requirements for iron, coal and cotton cloth. However as the industries boomed, poverty for many increased and so arose slum housing, poor houses and the use of child labour. Beween 1833 and 1844 the Factory Act was passed to prevent children under the age of nine from working, and youths below the age of eighteen were not to work more than a twelve hour day.


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Welsh photos


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Scottish photos