Tuesday, May 24, 2016

England: the Victorian Era

Today I travelled back to Victorian England. Blists Hill is a living history village where you really get a feel for the sights and sounds (and even some of the smells) of the 1800’s.

Usually when you think Victorian you conjure up images of sepia-tone, as if color weren’t a thing of the past. But check out the lively colors in the dressmaker’s shop . . .

Obviously the roads would’ve been more congested than this recreation, but public transportation was in operation. A man would’ve been driving this “bus.”

So what was an appropriate occupation for a woman? Here’s a list of domestic staff and their yearly wages.

And if you’re wondering about the men, a gamekeeper earned the tidiest sum of 100-150 pounds a year compared to the lowly stable boy who earned 6-12 pounds a year. I’m not sure what a mailman made but he sure had a great uniform.

Stay tuned for more historical adventures and lessons tomorrow.


Southern-fried Fiction said...

You find places I never found in London or the surrounding area. :)

Gail Helgeson said...

I am loving your trip! Not as much as you are, but still! This is great! 25 more days and counting for me!!

chappydebbie said...

Hmmmm....the word "maid" sure pops up on that list a lot. We've come a long way baby. LOL. Not that funny for me, though, because I am "the Maid" around here.

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