Blog by Intriguing History

This site Intriguing History, started as a project with Maps, post-its and good old fashioned Pins in those Maps, coloured pens and attempts to timeline and connect historic events, themes, people over time.

The Blog part - takes snippets we find, might have share on Instagram and connects relates back to the core content we share on this site.  The project goes forwards in 'fits and starts' as we fit around life , family and of course work.

On the Blog we are currently interested in how we can take images, play on patterns in history, mathematics, science, digital engineering and of course DNA to find a few more connections, have a play with photography, images and Instagram and a few quotes and texts here and there. Take it as the lighter side of life, not intense history stuff but a bit of fun along the way...


The Enlightenment and Voltaire

The Age of Reason…dawns

By Amanda Moore INW | January 3, 2012

The dawning of the age of reason, how would it impact on our families lives and those of the communities our relatives lived in…

Bletchley Park Buckinghamshire Roll of Honour

By Amanda Moore INW | January 3, 2012

Bletchley roll of honour, did your relatives work at Bletchley ParK? Checkout the online roll of honour…

Lord Shaftsbury built on John Pounds Ragged School idea…campaigned to improve the lot of working children

By Amanda Moore INW | January 3, 2012

“The future hopes of a country must, under God, be laid in the character and condition of its children;…” Inspired by John Pounds and his own increasing religious conviction Lord Shaftsbury was a leader in social reform for children as the best way to improve society overall…

First Ragged School Portsmouth

By Amanda Moore INW | January 2, 2012

In all history there are unsung heros and one of these must surely be John Pounds. Born in Portsmouth Hampshire, in 1766, John Pounds was crippled after a fall in the dockyards where he was an apprenticed shipwright. He became a shoemaker and was known as the crippled cobbler. There were many destitute children living around the dockside in Portsmouth, for whom life was incredibly tough. John Pounds saw the need to help and started to teach them reading, writing and arithmetic at his cobblers shop in St Marys road in 1818 He also gave them some life skills teaching them cookery, carpentry and shoemaking. Giving them an opportunity to have a better life. His school grew and is regarded as the first ‘Ragged School’ in the country, a charitable venture dedicated to the free education of destitute children. The work of Ragged Schools was closely supported by Charles Dickens Click on the link for a really useful website for the history of ragged schools or visit Portsmouth Unitarian church to see the memorial to John Pounds  To find out more intriguing historical facts about Portsmouth Hampshire and useful family history information visit our Counties and Parishes theme page </br>

Warwickshire Family History

By HLB | January 1, 2012

Warwickshire UK, is probably best known around the world for it’s most famous son William Shakespeare. It is a fascinating county, largely rural to the south, the North became more industrial as the Industrial Revolution unrolled. It’s industrial heart contains a mixture of mining, clay and cement working, textiles and engineering. It is crossed by canals and railways all giving hints to it’s industrial past. For those with family history connections to the county, the following links may be useful: Search the online catalogue of Warwickshire County Record office and seek out those family connections or find out about museums to visit  If your interest lies with William Shakespeare and you want to find out if you are related to him then visit the excellent site for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust </br> [geo_mashup_map map_content=”global” height=250 width=350 zoom=14 radius_mi=10 auto_info_open=false]   [geo_mashup_location_info] </br>

Tension between East India Company & British Government 1784

By Amanda Moore INW | December 31, 2011

Tension East India Company and British Government The East India Company Act of 1784 The British presence in India was a result of the trading opportunities grasped by the East India Company way back at the start of the C17th. The company monopolised trade, had it’s own armies and ruled and regulated itself. The 18th century saw an acceleration of tension between the British Government and the East India Company, until finally, the Government woke up and smelt the coffee or rather the tea  and saw that they needed to act decisively. The East India Company Act of 1784, also known as Pitt’s Act, came about because earlier acts, in particular, the 1773 Regulating Act, designed to control the activities of the company had failed. The 1784 Act decided that a board would be set up that would have power and control over all areas of the East India Company. In effect the British Government assumed control of the company. It established Calcutta, now Kolkata,  as the effective administrative capital of all things pertaining to company business and possessions in India. Seek out your own intriguing connections to India, my own is through Churchers College in Petersfield Hampshire. It was established in 1722 as a college where 10 – 12 local boys could be educated in all necessary fields to enable them to become apprenticed to masters of ships sailing in the East Indies. What connections can you discover? You might also like to take a look at the following links on Intriguing History…

British Prison Hulks New York Harbour 1776

By HLB | December 30, 2011

During the American War of Independence, British prison hulks were moored in New York harbour. Many of the prisoners died on board these dismal and wretched ships. A list of some 8000 names of those who were on board can be searched online using the link To find other connections between your family history and historical events subscribe for free

Last Battle on British Soil Culloden 1746

By Amanda Moore INW | December 30, 2011

The last battle on British soil, the Battle of Culloden

1754 The war between New England and New France

By Amanda Moore INW | December 30, 2011

Did your ancestors take up arms against the French in Canada?

silk manufacturing

Silk making machinery 1745

By Amanda Moore INW | December 30, 2011
This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Industrial Inventions and Innovations
This entry is part 6 of 14 in the series Industrial Revolution

The silk making machinery of Jacques de Vaucanson revolutionized French silk production but ironically held back the French industrial revolution because of the Luddite attitudes of the French workers.