Rich Victorians ate French cuisine consisting of rich meats, fish and desserts. The rich people of this era used meals as a time to show off their wealth through fine cutlery, china and up to 20 or more dishes of food, often cooked by a French chef. The dishes were put on a sideboard and brought to the table by footmen.Know More
During the Victorian era, tinned food was available for the first time, but tinned meat was usually consumed by the poor because it was less expensive than fresh meats. Fish was also more widely available thanks to railway lines and ice.
The poor ate potato parings and vegetable scraps unless they got a job in a workhouse, where they would be fed potatoes, cheese, bread and gruel, which was oats and other grains with water. The middle class ate cheese, sausage, bacon, bread and vegetables.
The dining room was the centerpiece of the Victorian home. It was ornately designed to impress guests, and families usually met there three times a day for meals.
Evening meals were traditionally eaten late in the day during this time period, and afternoon tea was started as a tradition to stave off hunger while waiting for the evening meal.Learn more about Modern Europe
The two Battles of Bull Run occurred near Manassas Junction, Va., approximately 30 miles from Washington, D.C. The first battle was the first major conflict of the Civil War, and it ended with the Union forces in full retreat. The second battle was another Confederate victory but was less decisive.Full Answer >
Women were granted limited voting rights in Ireland in 1918. Irish women were granted equal voting rights in 1922 when the Irish Free State broke away from the United Kingdom, and they were bestowed full voting rights in the United Kingdom in 1928.Full Answer >
Although the London Fire Brigade did not exist at the time, it lists the death toll from the Great Fire of London at six. Historians state that indirect causes resulted in countless additional deaths for months after the fire.Full Answer >
Victorian Era debtors' prisons were purposefully unpleasant. Whether separate workhouses or a section of the general prisons, debtors' prisons were unsanitary, over-crowded and dangerous environments in which those convicted of owing money they could not repay were placed in the general population with violent criminals. Such prisons existed in England.Full Answer >