|Day in the Life|
|Cooking & Cleaning|
|Heating & Lighting|
There were no electric lights in Victorian times. The discovery of paraffin wax in 1846 made candles much cheaper. Friction matches were first sold in 1827 and cheaper oil for lamps meant that light after dark was better than it had ever been before.
The invention of the incandescent mantle increased the amount of candle power of gas lamps and towards the end of the 19th century gas lighting was widespread in the homes of many people in the towns.
There was no central heating. The kitchen was kept warm by the range and some of the other rooms in the house had fireplaces.