London Life in Georgian Britain

Lesson Rationale

Industrialisation touched the very heart of life in the 18th century, and the period was one of huge change industrially, culturally and socially. Industrial towns grew and London was at the centre of this expanding trade in goods and slaves. In the past, the 18th century has had scant curriculum coverage beyond industrialisation and slavery. This activity, aimed at key stage 3, puts London life under the microscope as the Georgians themselves saw it. It is already assumed that students will have been introduced to the period and have an understanding of industrialisation and its impact upon towns.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What social problems did industrial towns create?
  • How accurate was Pierce Egan’s description of life in London in the 18th century?