First Ragged School Portsmouth

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…

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Workhouse Schools

The workhouse system
This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Law - Poor Law

More than 50% of those in Workhouses were children of the poor and often orphans. The Workhouse system was far from perfect but Workhouse schools at least offered some hope for a better educated and informed future. One of the turning points from Old Poor Law and bad ways to social reform and the fight for better rights for the unfortunate in society?

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Those Humble Occupations

So many of our ancestors had seemingly humble occupations that it is easy to overlook the important role they played in the life

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Children and Education

Children and Education life wasnt great for children in the 18th and 19th Centuries, reform was slow coming, welfare was only just emerging, young adults and cheap labour, what was it like for your family and what were the opportunities presented by education, was it good bad or the best that could be expected what happened in the 20th and 21st centuries to change the poor outlook for children that had previously pervaded?

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All Saints Church East Meon

Do you have a family history connection to East Meon in Hampshire? If so, then the church of All Saints, sitting on a rise above the village with Park Hill rising behind it, is as good a place as any to start. Find out what your family connection might be to this beautiful Hampshire village.

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