The British Bee Hive, published by George Cruikshank in 1840, provides a graphic analysis of social class strata existing at the time.
Busy using his bee hive to map my own ancestors’ positions in society, I wasn’t surprised to find that fruit and vegetable carters weren’t in the upper echelons of Victorian society. What did surprise and shock me though was that my long line of brave military grandfolk stood uncomfortably at the bottom.
I couldn’t find admen in the hive, but have a fair idea where they’d be.
Glad I moved into teaching then. Why, teachers are almost royalty!