Some great facts about the Victorians covering many aspects of their life in England and indeed throughout the British Empire. The Victorian times were a fantastic place for some, but many of the poorer Victorians lived a hard life in poverty.

- The Victorian Era was from 1837-1901 when Queen Victoria was in power.

- Victorian Britain became the richest and most powerful country in the world.

- When Queen Victoria came into power only 20% of Victorians lived in towns and cities, rising to 75% by her death.

- The British population rose from 16 million to 37 million in the Victorian Era.

- The Industrial Revolution saw new inventions and a growing economy.

- Gothic Architecture was popular, copying many 13th century styles for Victorian buildings.

- Victorians loved to use Iron and Glass to make impressive buildings and structures.

- Early Victorians mainly relied on foot or horse to travel.

- Most Victorians had no running water in their homes.

- There were many homeless adults and children on the streets.

- Rich Victorians devoted a lot of time and effort in fashion.

- Rich people enjoyed great life with new found luxuries and inventions.

- Many working class girls became maids working from 6am-10pm.

- Some Victorians turned to crime to make a living.

- Victorian authorities often saw poverty as a result of laziness and drunkenness.

- Mining was one of the deadliest jobs for the Victorians.

- Even children as young as 5 in poorer families were made to work.

- Victorian Fathers were strict towards the children and even mother.

- Families without a father were often sent to workhouses with their mother.

- Children were often punished and beat by family, bosses and even strangers.

- The Victorian Era saw many inventors and entrepreneurs.

- In 1837 the Telegraph was invented, which was compared to us inventing the Internet.

- Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and the first call took place in 1876.

- Victorians saw the invention of the light bulb start to light up homes and streets.

- Victorians saw the camera become more commonplace.

- The refrigerator was invented in 1900 to combat keeping food fresh.

- Railways and Steam trains took off with 35,000km of track being laid by 1900.

- Travel Agencies began to open in Victorian times due to better methods of travel.

- Victorians enjoyed trips to the seaside to escape the city.

- At the end of the Victorian Era petrol powered cars owned by the rich started to take to the roads.

- Victorian Doctors made surgery easier and less painful.

- Charles Dickens became the most famous storyteller of the Victorian Era.

- Victorians invented and took part in many popular sports.

- Wealthy Victorians looking for a cleaner, healthier life headed for Scotland.

- The Rich enjoyed many exotic foods from all corners of the British Empire.

- Ice cream was first seen and very popular in the later period of the Victorian times.

- Most Victorians would go to church most Sundays practicing Christianity.

- In 1859 Charles Darwin shook religious leaders by publishing “Origin of species”.

- There were many pickpockets throughout the big towns and cities.

- Victorians could end up in prison for not paying debts.

- In the second half of the 19th century most cities had a police force.

- Police started using science to catch criminals using fingerprints and blood samples.

- Jack the Ripper, a serial killer in the Victorian times was never caught.

- Most working class children had to work rather than learn.

- Punishments were common place at schools for disruptive and even less clever children.

- Some Victorians opened free schools for poor children.

- Victorians loved playing games to occupy themselves, some we still play today.

- Victorians had a passion for playing and listening to music.

- The Victorians loved Christmas and started many of the traditions we see today.

- Queen Victoria Died in 1901 after more than 60 years in power.