The Industrial Revolution brought profound change to England in the 1800s.  Skilled workers could demand higher pay, and a driving need for more production resulted in more jobs available.  Household incomes increased, and luxuries once limited to the rich became commonplace.  New discoveries in medicine increased the human lifespan, and the monumental differences between the blue-blooded rich and the poor began to shrink.  It was the first step into a new world.