Kids in the Past

The Homes We Live In (Adventures Through Time)

Cast iron houses were quick to build, with materials in plentiful supply…

Until the price of bricks dropped, making cast iron houses too expensive to make.

That’s why there was only 4 cast iron houses built in Dudley!

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The Newcomen Engine (Adventures Through Time)

The Newcomen steam engine was a tremendous invention by Mr. Thomas Newcomen – first installed in the Black Country in 1712!

This time of engine was put to work in mines all over the country, and helped to change the world.

The power of steam …

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On the Move (Adventures Through Time)

Roads have changed a lot, and so have vehicles!

Motor vehicles, such as motorbikes and cars, as well as trams and trains, have revolutionised the lives of everyday folk. Helping people travel more easily and farther than they ever have before.

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The Anchor Forge (Adventures Through Time)

The anchor and chains for the Titanic, and her sister ships Olympic and Britannic, were made in the Black Country – the anchors were some of the biggest ever made!

The anchor was over 15 tonnes and 18 feet long!

Chains and anchors came in all…

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Life on the Canal (Adventures Through Time)

Did you know the Black Country used to be known as Birmingham-on-Sea?

The boat people never stayed in one place for long, they were responsible for moving cargo – even Cadburys chocolate!

People moved cargo along the canals until just after t…

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Colliery Disaster (Adventures Through Time)

The Black Country was famous for coal mining back in the day!
But working in the mines wasn’t just a pretty horrible job because it was so hard, dark, and dirty work; it was also really dangerous.
You could be crushed by falling rock, suffocate on ga…

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Keeping Us Warm (Adventures Through Time)

You might take being warm and cozy in your house for granted, but the people of the Black Country definitely didn’t back in the Victorian era!
Most people back then had to rely on fire in their homes to keep warm. With finding the fuel for the fire, s…

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Keeping Us Healthy (Adventures Through Time)

Staying healthy is really important, but with all those factories and mines in the Black Country, doing that was easier said than done.
People would get ill and injured a lot back then but not everyone could go to the doctors to get their health probl…

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Keeping Us Fed (Adventures Through Time)

People in the Black Country didn’t just work in the factories all the time, they had to eat too!
Getting a good meal back then was a little different back then, lots of families would get a lot of food themselves. They would grow vegetables on their o…

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