Temperance campaigner

Female campaigner for Temperance Movement, detail from Ford Madox Brown's Work, 1852-1865

Many people, especially women, campaigned to try and stop the working classes and navvies from drinking alcohol. They saw it as unhealthy and believed that drinking beer led to drunkenness, violence and crime. However, many of these women did not realise was that beer was the safest from of refreshment for the workers, as there was often no clean water supply.

The campaigners' movement against drinking alcohol was called the 'Temperance Society'. Campaigners such as this one, gave out leaflets, tracts or pamphlets to tell people about 'the evils of alcohol'. Sometimes they tried to get people to sign a pledge stating that they would never drink alcohol again.