The Worst Jobs in History: Victorians (Victorians Documentary) | Timeline


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Tony Robinson reveals the grim occupations in Victorian Britain and explains that the workhouse was possibly the most infamous place of employment in the 19th century, and a day of picking oakum reveals the full horror of this sinister location. He also tries his hand at digging railways and rat-catching, as well as perhaps the worst job of them all, the tanner – a vocation that brought with it an intolerable stench and guaranteed social rejection.

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