Meet Tim Oliver . . .

Lil' Tim is not as fortunate as George. He has no estate to inherit or lands to manage. His parents are hard-working laborers. His father makes horseshoes and his mother does laundry for upper-class families in the neighborhood. He will probably become a worker like his parents. However, he may be able to become more educated than them. In the 18th century, there is very limited social mobility. Maybe he'll be lucky. Click on the pictures below to learn more about Tim and other lower-class boys live.

Cricket Scene at Harrow by H. Walton, 1773

Family         Education       Recreation

When you are through exploring his childhood, click here to see how Tim and our other subjects lived out the rest of their lives.