How did the industrial revolution changed life in the cities?

How did the industrial revolution changed life in the cities.

Well, for a start there were no cities before the Industrial Revolution. The country ran on cottage industries and agriculture. For example, people had a loom at home to make cloth, or lace. Pins were made by women in cottages for very little (hence the term ‘pin money’). It was the establishment of factories that drew the masses from the country into the towns which subsequently became cities. Steam engines took over from water-wheel power and enabled even bigger factories and the development of small houses in such places as today’s Greater Manchester. With these cities came pollution, the massively cramped housing with little or no water mains or sewers brought disease on a huge scale (cholera etc.) With no Health and safety, people worked on working machinery and often were injured or killed and hours were very long.


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  1. Well, for a start there were no cities before the Industrial Revolution. The country ran on cottage industries and agriculture. For example, people had a loom at home to make cloth, or lace. Pins were made by women in cottages for very little (hence the term ‘pin money’). It was the establishment of factories that drew the masses from the country into the towns which subsequently became cities. Steam engines took over from water-wheel power and enabled even bigger factories and the development of small houses in such places as today’s Greater Manchester. With these cities came pollution, the massively cramped housing with little or no water mains or sewers brought disease on a huge scale (cholera etc.) With no Health and safety, people worked on working machinery and often were injured or killed and hours were very long.
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