You can read about the Victorian wedding here.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the living conditions in Manchester during the Industrial Revolution were harsh.
The death rate was related to wealth, with the poor living the shortest.
There was a chronic lack of hygiene, minimal knowledge of sanitary care, and little awareness about how illnesses spread, let alone how to cure them.
Diseases such as cholera, typhoid and typhus were devastating to the population of the overcrowded city, and the bigger the population, the worse the problem got.
Accidents occured in many mills and factories, with fire and machine malfunction being a major cause of death.
Respiratory problems caused by pollution and working in cotton mills, as well lung diseases like TB contributed to te high death rate.
The working conditions were as atrocious as their living ones, and the workers diet was poor.
Malnutrition was seen as a cause of lower immunity, and therefore a cause of many illnesses.
Every time I watch North & South, the sight of those pig heads parked on the street make me shudder.
Then I noticed some more meat on the streets of Milton, when Mr. Thornton was passing by.
This time is was an unusual display of chickens hanging by their feel, no doubt waiting to be plucked.
The Manchester working-class were at the mercy of the food suppliers. Because of the sheer size of the population, the choice was limited.
Let’s remember that this was a time when canned goods were more expensive than fresh, and transporting perishable goods was a complicated process.
The mill masters and their families, like the Thorntons could afford expensive delicacies like fruit, but poor workers would often go hungry.
The average death age for a laborer was just 17.