Living conditions during the Industrial Revolution varied from the splendour of the homes of the owners to the squalor
of the lives of the workers. Cliffe Castle, Keighley, is a good example of how the newly rich chose to live. This is a large
home modelled loosely on a castle with towers and garden walls. The home is very large and was surrounded by a massive garden,
the estate itself stretching for a number of miles. Cliffe Castle is now open to the public as a museum.
Poor people lived in small houses in cramped streets. These homes would share toilet facilities, have open sewers and would
be at risk of damp. Conditions did improve during the 19th century as public health acts were introduced covering things such
as sewage, hygiene and making some boundaries upon the construction of homes. Not everybody lived in homes like these. The
Industrial Revolution created a larger middle class of professionals such as lawyers and doctors. The conditions for the poor
improved over the course of the 19th century because of government and local plans which led to cities becoming cleaner places,
but life had not been easy for the poor before industrialisation.