Some of the first machines ever invented in the Victorian times were used for making cloth in the cotton mills in Lancashire. Spinning machines spun the cotton into thread. After spinning, cloth was woven from the thread on a machine called a ‘loom’.
The machines were very loud, noisy, smelly and dangerous they were never stopped .
The pulley Wheels they were connected to the engine room. The engine drove all the pulleys .
The factories and mills needed a good supply of coal to keep them running . Gangs of coal miners , some of them were woman and children and they even worked underground . They were paid for the amount of coal they dug up and not for the amount of hours they worked .
Working in the mines was dangerous and could be life threatening . The underground passages were very narrow and low in height . A lot of the time the miners worked in the dark . Sometimes the mines flooded with water or part of the roofs caved in .
A Victorian workhouse provided, A warm place to live, a place to work and make money, free medical care, food, clothes and free education for kids to move on and get a job .
A medical officer
A matron x
Workhouses also provided
Dining-hall for eating
Dormitories for sleeping
Rooms for the sick
Laundry, laundry room
Tailors for making Clothes