huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields

huguenot footsteps

Join us and retrace the footsteps of the Huguenots in Spitalfields, Soho, Greenwich, City of London and Wandsworth. No need to book just turn up and donate £10 to the educational fund on the day. Please click here to go to Huguenot Footsteps.

huguenot families

Are you descended from a Huguenot Family?  Add your name to our List

huguenot traces

Huguenot Traces - a list of Huguenot paintings, artwork, artefacts, buildings, street names etc. Please help us by adding your findings to the list.

c2a city walks

Designed for groups, organisations, companies and parties of ten people or more. The City of London Walking Tours can be booked throughout the year. Click here for programme.

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Please support our efforts to highlight the contribution of the Huguenots in our educational and heritage programme. We are Gift Aid registered.

c2a society

c2a society

c2a museum

huguenot towns

Spitalfields Life Stories

Sir John Cass Primary Foundation School

Please email if you wish to purchase postcards. Designs by the pupils of Sir John Cass Primary Foundation School. Cost £2.50 including postage.

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Huguenots as Refugees

refugees walkingWhen people leave their country to seek refuge, or protection, in another country, they are called refugees. Sometimes governments force people to leave their country. Other people leave their country because they belong to a group that is being mistreated. Still others leave their country to escape wartime conditions or starvation.

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The Huguenot immigrants sought refuge in order to practise their faith. They were admired for their skills and their commitment to a sober and industrious lifestyle. Many, but not all, prospered. Many refugee French married English people and either had their name translated into English or anglicised their name. For example Mr L'Oiseau changed his name to Mr Bird, Mr Fontaine to Mr Fountain. Now living in a Protestant country, there was no barrier of religion to intermarriage and in fact, it was welcomed. Many Huguenot names disappeared via marriage or by anglicisation.

In addition, there was a coming-together of the way religion was practised by the Huguenot immigrants and their English hosts.  Many Huguenot congregations joined the Anglican system with those in the west of London eg. Soho and Westminster participating in the English service but said in French and those in the east side remained loyal to their old Calvinist way of worship.