How We Used to Live is a British educational historical television drama written by Freda Kelsall and sometimes narrated by Redvers Kyle. Production began in 1968 at Yorkshire Television studios in Leeds. The series traced the lives and fortunes of various fictional Yorkshire families from the Victorian era until the 1960s, in and around the fictional town of Bradley.
Matt has not passed his tenth birthday and he is working half-time in Grimshaw's mill. He is promptly sacked since it is illegal to employ children under the age of 10. In contrast Sarah spends her day in a leisurely fashion: a lie-in followed by entertaining Alderman Grimshaw to tea.