Tenement Back Court with wash house, Glasgow, Scotland - Each wife in the building had a 'wash day' when they could use the wash house (not all did, as if you were a little better off (or were thrifty) you could send your washing to the laundry. Big job - had to light a fire (and keep it lit) under the boiler and wait for it to heat and boil your clothes in it then hang them out after reboiling more water to rinse them. People nowadays don't realize how much work it was to live back then.
Pit Workers' housing in Wales, Century - most homes were smaller than we are used to today, and had more people living in them. Built in terraces as a fast way of building to accommodate the mining families.
Lower Fore Street, a narrow cobblestoned street in Lambeth, pictured in This industrial area became very densely populated over the Victorian period; its inhabitants rose from in 1801 to nearly by the time this photograph was taken.