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Children at Work in the Industry Children as young as four years old worked in very dangerous factories As children grew older they did many different jobs in factories which were often very hard and dangerous If they didnt do their work very well they were beaten Children at work in the countryside In Victorian times lots of people still lived in the countryside so children still had to work there In Spring they had to pull out all the weeds and scare away the birds In Summer they helped with harvesting corn and in Autumn they had to pick potatoes and look after the pigs In Winter they had to pick out all the stones so the ploughs would not get damaged Children at Work in the Workhouse In Victorian times there were many very poor people who had to work in the workhouse They were so cramped that if there was a disease it would spread quickly What the Victorians did for us After 64 years the Victorians left us many inventions and reforms With the first stamp the penny black was invented people received letters every day but by the end of the Victorian era if people wanted to talk to others more quickly they would use the phone They invented the penny-farthing an old type of bicycle it had a large wheel at the front the penny and a small wheel at the back the farthing It was called a penny-farthing because in Victorian times a penny was a very large coin and the farthing was a very small coin a farthing is a quarter of a penny which was half a halfpenny - pronounced haypenny - which was quite small They let us take photographs so we could remember others and made it possible for us to see in the dark with the electric
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