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.

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huguenot towns

Spitalfields Life Stories

Sir John Cass Primary Foundation School

Please email info@huguenotsofspitalfields.org 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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Where the Huguenots Settled

They were mainly urban dwellers, who lived in towns in France, and the Low Countries now called the Netherlands. To create a new life for themselves, to practise their faith, they emigrated far and wide.

  • Around 50,000 came to England with the majority settling in Soho to be near the Royal Court and in Spitalfields where there was a very small weaving industry.
  • It was the Huguenots that brought new techniques, new procedures and new knowledge which transformed the textile industry in this country. The Huguenots shared their knowledge by taking on English apprentices and the industry grew from small ribbon weaving to exporting plain, patterned or flower’d patterns across the world. Other Huguenots settled in Plymouth, Taunton, Bristol, Bideford, Barnstaple, Exeter, Southampton, Winchester, Dover, Canterbury, Colchester, Maidstone, Ipswich, Thorney and Norwich.
  • Some first came to South West England and went to Ireland (Crumlin Road in Belfast was named after Louis Crommelin, a Huguenot weaver).
  • Other fleeing Huguenots found their way to Switzerland, Germany (Erlangen), Holland, Sweden. Other courageous Huguenots left for Canada, the East Coast of America, The Caribbean, South Africa and some even found their way to Australia.