Victorian - Everyday Life
The railway was the new type of transport that made travel easier for Victorians.

Victorian - Everyday Life

Victorian Britain is one of the topics looked at in KS2 history and this is the first of two quizzes on the subject. It looks in particular at what everyday life was like for ordinary people living in the Victorian era.

The Victorian era was when Queen Victoria was on the throne, from 1837-1901, but what was everyday life like for the ordinary people living in the 1800s? During the Victorian era many advances were made - railways, factories and the police force for example. But it was not all easy. Children had to go to work and the poor were sent to workhouses. It was a time of great change in Britain. Bandstands became popular and it was common to hear a brass band while walking through the parks. But the cities were dirty and disease was common.

Take this quiz and discover how much you know about everyday life for the ordinary people in Victorian Britain.

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  1. Who introduced the first police force?
    The police are sometimes called 'Bobbies' or 'Peelers' after him
  2. What was a back to back?
    Houses were built joined together at the back so only had windows at the front
  3. When was the Victorian Era?
    Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 when she was 18 years old. She lived to be 81
  4. Where did Victorians begin to take holidays or day trips?
    Seaside places, such as Scarborough and Blackpool, grew to accommodate the holiday makers
  5. Where would poor people be sent if they had no home or money?
    There were no state benefits, like old age pensions or sickness benefit, in Victorian times
  6. What was the new type of transport that made travel easier?
    The first public railway in the world was set up in Britain by George Stephenson in 1825. More and more railway lines opened over the Victorian era
  7. Why did more people move into towns during the Victorian era?
    The Victorian era came just after the Industrial Revolution which led to many new jobs in the towns and cities
  8. What powered the factories?
    Steam power was produced by heating water with coal fires
  9. What were most Victorian houses built of?
    The Industrial Revolution made bricks much easier and cheaper to make
  10. How did most Victorians heat their homes?
    Gas and electricity companies came much later

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