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, starting it off, and keeping it burning, it was quite a job they had on their hands!
Find out all about how people of the Black Country used to keep warm in this episode of ‘Adventures Through Time’.
Activity: Design your own fireplace surroundEmbed from Getty Images
With no central heating back in those days, the fireplace is where everyone would go to keep warm!
Why don’t you have a go at designing your own fireplace surround – using plenty of bright colours of course!