Victorians & Industry
The Victorian era saw Nidderdale transformed into a noisy industrial landscape, accompanied by on-going changes to farming practices. The Victorians & Industry resources look at the dale’s mining industry and examine the impact of the large-scale enclosure of common land.
Victorians and Mining – PowerPoint covering lead and coal mining
Historical enquiry activities
PDF resources: With a focus on the lead mining industry, search the local census to understand employment in Victorian times; Read and analyse the writing of three historic figures linked to Nidderdale
The Victorians, Enclosures and the Landscape – PowerPoint examining how people and the landscape were affected by 18th and 19th century enclosure of common land
PDF resources: Understand the impact of enclosure laws and consider who benefited and who lost out; Instructions to build a model dry stone wall
Colour and pen-and-ink drawings showing Nidderdale in the Victorian era (150 years ago). Includes valley view and miners with mine owner at Prosperous Lead Mines
The Victorians & Industry topic web shows links with National Curriculum objectives and contains suggested activities.