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Industrial revolution in Britain During the 1800's the 'Industrial revolution' spread throughout the county, steam powered machines led to a huge increase in the number of factories. Handmade tools became mass produced in many of the factories, prices dropped steeply and it soon became very available for the poorer people not just the rich to buy products. While the number of factories and machines were rising, a large population of the countryside decided to move into the towns for higher paid work, this was due to the farmers earning a very low income so they wanted to seek better earnings. Thousands of works were required to man the new machines and work in the mills; in return the factory owners built houses and homes for the workers. ...read more.


The factories smoke from their chimneys began to make a layer of black smoke which covered the towns just like a blanket, it was not a very nice sight, homes would appear dirty and people would be unwashed and filthy more often. 'Child labour' was used a lot in the industrial revolution, most of the factories workers were children, they worked long hours, were treated very unfairly, in quite common cases children as young as 4 - 5 years old were working in these factories. Because the children were small, they could easily fit into small spaces and were used for getting into gaps in the machines and either cleaning them or repairing a fault. ...read more.


Other jobs within the mines were called 'Coal bearers' where the workers would have to carry coal around on their backs. The cotton mills were a huge new invention, where most of the orphans of the towns worked in the workhouses, these children lived and worked in the mill, and they were pushed and pushed as hard as they could to do the labour. Some very severe injuries were caused from the mill's machines, if the children caught a piece of there hair on the machines they would be very lucky to escape with any hair at all, in some cases their scalps were removed by the machines if caught. Hands were regularly crushed and fingers removed by the machines. Many deaths to the orphans were caused by these mills. ...read more.

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