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Victorian London
Hyde Park in London.

Victorian London

The Victorian era was a boom time for London with great growth in population accompanied by significant development with regard to the City’s infrastructure. The arts flourished too with such great Victorians as Conan Doyle, Dickens, Rosetti and Ruskin. Can you get 10 out of 10 in this quiz on Victorian London?

1.
The police force had not been long established when Victoria took the throne. It had started in 1829. By whom was it founded?
William Gladstone
Robert Peel
John Peel
Lord Palmerston
Hence policemen became known as ‘bobbies’ after Robert, their founder
2.
In 1840 Queen Victoria married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha. Where did their wedding take place?
Westminster Abbey
St Paul’s Cathedral
Buckingham Palace
St James’ Palace
They were married at the Chapel Royal in St James’ Palace on the 10th of February 1840
3.
What was the name of the event that took place in Hyde Park in 1851?
The Great Exhibition
The World Cup
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The Olympics
The exhibition was intended as a showcase of British science and technology
4.
Which of these famous landmarks was NOT built during Victoria’s reign?
Tower Bridge
The Tower of London
The Houses of Parliament
Victoria station
The Tower of London was started as early as 1066 by William the Conqueror
5.
Which eminent Victorian engineer designed London’s sewerage system?
Joseph Bazalgette
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Robert Stevenson
J M W Turner
By 1866 most of London’s sewer network was complete
6.
What was the reason most children in Victorian London did not attend school?
Their families needed them to work to earn money
School uniforms were too expensive
Most children were home schooled
The children preferred to play in the streets
Many Victorian children worked in factories in appalling conditions, however when the 1833 Factory Act was passed the length of their working day was shortened
7.
What was the summer of 1858 commonly also called?
The season of temperance
The drought
The deluge
The great stink
The raw sewage that used to be pumped directly into the Thames had dried during the hot, dry summer and created such a vile smell that parliament had to temporarily relocate
8.
Queen Victoria reigned for 61 of her 83 years. Where did her coronation take place?
Westminster Abbey
St Paul’s Cathedral
The Banqueting House
The Royal Albert Hall
Her coronation took place on the 28th of June 1838.
9.
Which form of transport was most common in Victorian London?
The railway
The underground
Horses
Unicycle
Although both the railways and the underground also operated in the Victorian era, horses were still the most popular way for people to travel
10.
Queen Victoria was the first monarch to live in which palace?
Kensington
Buckingham
St James’
Kew
Although George III, George IV and William IV had all owned Buckingham Palace, Victoria was the first reigning monarch to live there

 

Author:  Augusta Harris

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