Victorians and Industry

The Victorian era saw Nidderdale transformed into a noisy industrial landscape, accompanied by on-going changes to farming practices. The Victorians and Industry resources look at the dale’s mining industry and examine the impact of the large-scale enclosure of common land.

Victorians and MiningA slide from a powerpoint presentation – 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 LandscapeA slide from a powerpoint presentation – PowerPoint examining how people and the landscape were affected by 18th and 19th century enclosure of common land

Enclosure activities

PDF resources: Understand the impact of enclosure laws and consider who benefited and who lost out; Instructions to build a model dry stone wall

Image resources

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 and Industry topic web shows links with National Curriculum objectives and contains suggested activities.

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