Daniel asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

Life in England of the 19th century?

I have several questions:

1. What was the life in England of the 19th century for rich\noble people? What was their routine?

2. What did rich people wear? What was the fashion in the 19th century?

3. How many servants did a ‘’typical’’ rich man had? What were the different types of the male servants (and their salaries)?

4. Were there servants the served their masters for free or for something but not for a salary?

5. What did the servants wear? What were their rights? How did they adress their master?

6. How did a ‘’typical’’ mansion look like? How many floors and rooms were there in a ‘’typical’’ mansion and what rooms were there in a mansion?

7. Where were the mansions in England? (What places\areas? , Place near London?)

8. What was the cultural life of rich people? (Balls, operas, theater….)

9. Were there duels between noble people?

10. How a person could buy a mansion and servants? How were a mansion and servants bought? Were any documents signed?

11.How a person could become a noble person? Were titles of nobility inherited?

12. How a prince from a foreign country would have been addressed in England of the 19th century?

13. How was English different in England of the 19th century from the modern British English?

14. Were noble people (lords, for example) religious people? Did they go to a church every Sunday?

15. What places in London slums were?

16. Was there any anti-Semitism in England at the beginning of the 19th century? Where did Jews live in England in the 19th century?

17. How were holidays (Christmas and New Year, for example) celebrated by the nobility?

18. What was the routine of the lords? Was the title “lord” inherited? If so, how was it inherited?

19. How it was proved that a person has a title? What a person should have done to prove he has some title?

20. What were the sport entertainments in England of the 19th century?

21. What were the rules of etiquette of the high society?

22. What were the rules of politeness between men and women? Were lovers allowed to meet secretly?

23. How a prince from a foreign country would have proved he is a prince?

24. What exact places in England (and especially in\near London) noble people lived and passed the time of day? How did the nobility pass the time of day at different seasons?

25. What major events happened in England at the beginning and middle of the 19th century?

26. How many contemporary pounds sterling, 1 pound sterling from the 19th century worth to.

27. Where (in what websites) can I get information about England of the 19th century?

Thank you in advance

5 Answers

  • 7 years ago
    Best Answer

    1. The lives of 'rich' people would vary depending on their circumstances. Someone who had inherited his wealth in the form of property, landed estates etc, would have a somewhat different life than say a rich industrialist who had made money in trade.

    2. Fashions varied considerably during the course of the century, especially ladie fashions, which were very different at different periods.

    3. The richer a person was the more servants they would have. A staff of three servants would be kept in a reasonably prosperous upper middle class household, but in a very wealthy household there might be dozens. The wealther the household the more male servants would be kept, because men were paid higher wages. The most important male servant was the butler, who was in charge of the wine cellar and supervised the smooth running of the household. The gentleman of the household would have a valet, who took care of his clothes, helped him dress, and generally looked after him. There would be footmen in a large household, who waited at table, cleaned silver,

    Answered the door etc. There might be a boy who cleaned the boots and shoes. Outside, there would be gardeners, gamekeepers, grooms etc on a country estate.

    4. Servants did not work for free, but board and lodging was normally included as part of their wages.

    5. They usually had a uniform of some kind. Men were addressed as 'sir' ladies as 'madam' if married or 'miss' if single. If titled, they would be addressed as 'milord' 'milady' etc.

    6. There wasn't really any such thing as a typical mansion. The size and style of houses varied considerably.

    7. There were country estates all over England. A wealthy landowner would spend some time in the country, but woukd probably be in London for 'the season' - January to July.

    8. While in London, fashionable people attended balls, the theatre, the opera, and concerts. They went to art exhinitions. They rode in Hyde Park. Ladies paid calls on other ladies, and took tea or luncheon together. They spent time at their dressmakers and milliners. Gentlemen went to their clubs. They attended cricket matches at Lords Cricket ground. They went to the races. Boating on the Thames was an immensely popular activity in the late 1800s.

    9. Duels were still happening in the early 19th century, but had been suppressed by themlate 19th century.

    10. Anyone rich enough could buy a mansion, or buy land and build one. Servants were not bought, but employed. You went to an employment agency, or advertised in the papers, or asked your friends etc if they knew of anyone suitable.

    11. Most titles were inherited, but they could be bestowed for services to the crown etc, and they could also sometimes be bought,

    14. Some were more religious than others, Generally, more people were religious in those days.

    15. There were slums everywhere, though the East End of London were the worst.

    16. Yes, there was anti Semitism. Jews were not allowed to enter parliament in the early 19th century for example, though if they converted to Christianity they could. Queen Victoria was very proud of being the first monarch to create a Jewish peer (Lord Rothschild).

    17. Christmas was celebrated lavishly, with feasting, parties, etc. A wealthy person might hwve many house guests over the holiday. There would be a party for estate workers. Hunting was traditional on Boxing Day, and shooting on New Year's Day, Twelfth Night (epiphany) was still the climax of the holiday until the late 19th century, with a big party, special Twelfth Cake etc,

    18. The routine would vary depending on the lord's character and circumstances. He might spend time at the House of Lords depedning on how interested he was in politics. While in the cou try, he would spend some time on estate business, or if he was less conscientious might leave that to his steward or estate manager.

    20. Cricket was very popular. football and rugby were also enjoyed. Horse racing was a popular spectator sport.Boxing was enjoyed as a spectator sport, and many gentlemen boxed themselves. Golf, tennis and croquet were played by both men and women. Rowing was enjoyed by many. In the country, hunting, shooting and fishing were all popular with upper classes.

    22. Gentlemen stood up when a lady entered or left a room. They raised their hats to ladies they met while out. Young women were normally chaperoned and not allowed to be alone with young men, they could indulge in a little discreet flirtation at dances, parties etc, but there would be someone nearby keeping an eye on them. If a gentleman liked a young lady particularly, he would ask permissiin to call on her at home, but they would sill be chaperoned.

  • Noelle
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    hi well there would have been no public balls we are talking the very rich and royalty not like it is today. they had by the 18th and 19th century probably had one or two a year and then they where very private affairs. not for the common persons. they where some times lavish held in the big private houses as to all that you want to know no one would have kept any records, of these events.

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