Over 250 years ago, the Industrial Revolution started in Great Britain.
Revolution means – a complete change, turning things upside down. Industrial means – the use of machines. The Industrial Revolution was the combination of both of these things and had a hugely dramatic effect on the history of the world.
In 1700, the majority of people lived and worked throughout the countryside. Although it sounds like a significant period of time, over the next 150 years this conventional wisdom and way of living was turned completely on its head by a wave of new ideas and inventions – changing industry (and life) dramatically.
This led to the introduction of factories which were built throughout towns across the country. People began to move into the towns to find work within the industries operating out of the factories. Canals and railways began to be built which were the transportation for these materials built within the factories.
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