These harrowing images are part of an unearthed set of photographs from Liverpool taken in the Victorian era.
The pictures paint a bleak portrait of what life was like for the downtrodden children at a time of rapid change in a period of intense industrialisation.
Bare-footed, dirt on their face and their clothes torn - three small children look helplessly into the camera.
Meanwhile a little girl stands on a pub table singing for the punters, hoping for some spare change.
Being poor in Liverpool at the turn of the twentieth century almost guaranteed a life in a slum, most likely to the north of the city as many of the factories were located there.
Children were expected to work long hours in dangerous jobs for minuscule wages.
Jobs children would do included chimney sweeps, the little children who could scramble under machinery to retrieve cotton bobbins, coal mine work or crawling through tunnel too narrow for an adult to undertake.
Some children would struggle to find even these unenviable tasks so would resort to selling what they could on a street. Failing that some of them would steal to get by.
However, it was not always misery as you can see from the large assembly of people watching a spontaneous cricket match beneath Wellington’s Memorial Statue.
Or the row of boys smiling at the camera, despite their lack of shoes and clean clothes, whilst sitting on the Steble fountain outside St George’s Hall.
The photos are from the Liverpool City Library and the Records Office certainly offer an unflinching glimpse as to what life was like.