1848. Thirty-thousand half-starved workers, forced to live in virtual open sewers, protested in central London. Victoria had the gall to write to
her uncle Leo. ‘These were wonton and worthless men.’ Albert wrote. ‘The police broke the heads of over 300 in a single night.’
Victoria greets Albert from his morning shoot in Windsor Great Park
The loathsome couple were writing to their German relatives from the safety and comfort of the Isle of Wight. Victoria had a set-plan of escape whenever her subjects protested. Victoria devoted her reign to looting the Civil List and ensuring her Empire profits were safely banked abroad - in case her subjects got their act together and revolted. Seven (known) attempts were made on her odious life.
Victorian Values: Royal London - A Mudlark
In Victoria's London children crippled in industrial accidents were discarded to live like rats.
They fed on the rubbish thrown in the Thames.
1841, Victoria’s first son, Bertie, was welcomed into the world with a spectacular Christening Party. His Christening cake was eight feet-round. In today’s money the party cost £M2. Albert & Victoria never spent a penny of their unearned income on their Duchy slums causing never-ending infant deaths and disease.
Then as now; widening the gap between rich & poor was the royals sole reason for living.
Every Picture: Five of Victoria’s pampered children.
All nine died hopeless alcoholics
Victoria’s London. Punch 1858.
'Leaving London's Stink.'
Victoria and 'that greedy German' boarding a royal train for Balmoral with four of what would be nine offspring. Albert & Victoria hated the smell of the capital. Then as now a staff of forty had to travel to Balmoral with the royals. The present heir to the throne needs someone to squeeze the toothpaste on his brush! His mummy has 700 servants all paid for by robbing the honest taxpayer (via the Civil List).1846.
Sewerage gas in the Fleet Sewer exploded, sweeping an entire street into the Thames. A ten-foot-high torrent of putrid excrement, rubble, cobblestones, bricks, timber and broken bodies surged into the river smashing a passing paddle steamer into Blackfriars Bridge.
left Sewerage born Cholera, Scrofula and Diphtheria crawling out the Thames 1858.
Victoria and Albert attending a palace fancy dress piss-up as Queen Philippa and King Edward The Third.
This family spend an amazing amount of time playing dress-up. Not that they are fit for much else.
Between 1880 and 1910, over 1000 fatalities occurred every year in British coal mines. An average of four miners killed and 517 injured every day.
In 1910 the annual fatality figure rose to 1,818!
‘More Miners Lost.’ Oaks Colliery 1866
Victorian mine owners, who refused to install safety equipment saying it wasn't necessary, considered mine disasters an Act of God!
After a fatal accident, new-made-widows and fatherless children were evicted from their homes owned by the mine owner.
Many who managed to save the money to emigrate found decent employment. Many found themselves and their children sorely used in the sweatshops and coalmines of America - owned by the same people they thought they had left behind. The largest city in North Carolina. Charlotte, the seat of Mecklenburg County, was named for Princess Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the bigamous wife of mad King George 3.
Below. A Pennsylvania coal mine - 1908
Officially, boys started work underground aged fourteen. In reality it was more like ten. Their mother's and sisters sorted the coal at the pithead.
Children of Victoria's Slave Empire. The grandparents of these kids had survived the Victorian coffin ships from England, Ireland and Scotland.
February 1850. The Times reported perhaps the most reliable figures concerning emigrant deaths in passage. ‘In 1847, 100,000 left Britain, 17,000 were buried at sea, 20,000 died shortly after reaching their destination.' Scarlet Fever and Typhus took their toll on the emigrants 'coffin ships.' June 1850. In a letter to Prime Minister Lord Russell, Albert demands another £50,000 per year public money for his English and Scots stables & kennels, grouse & pheasant moors, pigeon woods and stag shooting facilities.
1800-1900 British inventions changed the landscape. Serving the new manufacturing industries meant sinking new mines. Building new factories - mills - foundries - shipyards - roads and railways. The work was done by the woefully uneducated. As Victoria’s Establishment grew richer, they increasingly exploited the poor. At the Great Exhibition of 1851, one of the exhibits attracting an admiring crowd was an envelope-making machine. Visitors, including Albert and Victoria, marvelled at the speed of production; sixty envelops per-minute. Nobody commented on the eight-year-old machine operators who could lose a hand as they fed-in sheets of paper at the rate of one per-second. London children crippled in industrial accidents lived like rats. Feeding on the rubbish in the ever-busy East India docks. February 1852. The London Chronicle reported an increase in ‘brothels full of children, serving as much the gentry as Lascars (sailors) off the docks.’ Also in February 1852. The Chronicle records, Victoria commissioned Garrards to fashion her a £20,000 suite of emeralds, a similar priced suite of very fine opals and two new diamond and ruby necklaces costing £15,000 each. In June 1852 as Victoria was paying Garrards £70,000 for the latest addition to her jewellery, already worth £Billions, Albert was again writing to Prime Minister Russell requesting another £50,000 public money be added to the Civil List (money for nothing) of £800,000 for his ‘sporting pursuits.’
These were the Hay Days of Victorian Values.
The East India Company
As the Empire blossomed hundreds of fabulously wealthy regional rulers gave the reigning monarch countless gifts of unique jewellery.
The Maharajah's of Mysore and Scindiah. These guys wore jewellery too heavy for women. What looks like bullets on the shoulder of the Maharajah of Scindiah is actually emeralds, diamonds, sapphires, pearls and rubies in heavy gold. Over 400, of India’s 600 local rulers, as the Maharajah’s above, traded with the East India Company. Local rulers were encouraged to use the company army to repress their workforce. What the company couldn’t get by trade agreements they took by force of arms. The Koh-i-noor is just one of thousands of large precious stones looted by the company army.
History records the company presented the Koh-i-noor to Queen Victoria (left)
Off the record, from the start of the 'English Raj' high ranking British officers encouraged hundreds of fabulously wealthy Princes, Maharajahs, and Nawabs to show their appreciation of ‘army protection’ by presenting chests of un-set jewels to the Crown. Reigning monarchs handed-out gongs and palace-ribbons to said British officers. Most people know about the Crown Jewels. Few will ever see the royals centuries-old private collections.
Henry 8th’s perceptive daughter Elizabeth granted the East India Company it’s first Royal Charter in 1600 . By 1770 the company had just 2,000 shareholders. Mainly the royal family, their Parliamentary placemen and banking cronies. The mighty East India Company was slowly but surely replaced by 'free trade arrangements' which usually meant illicit deals with Agents of the Crown to ensure royal profits.
Victorian Values: Child Slaves
1841. The Earl of Shaftsbury, visiting a midlands (Black Country) coal mine. Shaftsbury, actually tried to improve things for poor.
Victoria's Deadly Pits
Mine owners Albert & Victoria wrote pious letters saying how awful it all was. Whenever the royal train passed through the midlands Victoria had the blinds drawn. The sight of belching factory chimneys offended the royal eye. Many of the worst run factory's, coal mine's, and the slum's where the worker's were forced to live, belonged to the royal family. In both cases the land remains in royal possession - through the usual banker\ nominees. The present "royal family" retain their Victorian Values. Wherever they go they expect people to bow & curtsey to them. For no other reason than they have more money than the knee benders. Rather silly don’t you think?