The essential guide to the Victorian class system. There was more to being middle class than drinking tea, and the working class weren’t all up the Chimney. From the well dressed footman, to the Haymarket prostitute, to the pie seller, and duke. All of Victorian life is here.

  • This episode covers. 
  • Intro. 
  • A discussion of what is Class.
  • A tiny bit of Marx.
  • Life at the top.
  • I say, those young people today, they are frightfully uptight.
  • We are a most humble Queen.
  • Prince Albert knows his place, and he doesn’t like it.
  • The Spencers.
  • The middle class – super stars and clubs.
  • The middle class – the rest.
  • The vibrant skilled working class and their poets.
  • Upstairs, Downstairs.
  • Beaulieu; all hands to the pumps.
  • The desperate poor on the scrap heap.
  • Anglo Indians, and the native Indian Aristocracy.
  • Travellers.
  • Minorities and the oppressed.
  • The great north south divide.
  • North & South; Gaskell and industrialists.
  • The outsiders; Superstars and the Out of Place.
  • “This Green and Pleasant Land”.

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In Ep20 pt 2 we continue our journey through Queen Victoria’s childhood education. Pt2 explores the specifics of education, what she learnt, and crucially, how her education would fit her into the increasingly strict and complex Victorian class system. It wasn’t easy being “the girl who will be Queen.” It also covers her relationship with her ally and mentor Uncle Leopold, King of Belgium.

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Summer heat wave is here, so it’s time for Fish & Chips. You love em. I love em. The Victorians invented them. Don’t scoff, instead join me for a gallop through the history of Victorian fish and chips. Learn why Dickens was the key as always, and how fish and chips fuelled the industrial revolution. Listen to one of Queen Victoria’s daily menu’s – not for the faint of heart or the approval of Prince Albert.

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