Life was tough in the burgeoning cityscapes of Victorian Britain, where disease was endemic and crime was rife. The streets of the notorious rookeries in cities, such as Manchester and London, were teeming with thieves, con artists and prostitutes. There were illegal beerhouses, gambling dens and gin palaces on every corner.
Through eye-opening stories from her own family history, Angela Buckley will share the experiences of our ancestors who lived in the worst slums. The talk will describe their squalid living conditions, their punishing work régimes, their daily struggles and the crimes they committed in the fight for survival.