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Huguenot Summer Programme Updates

  • 27th June - Medals of the Sun King, at the British Museum
    Lecture 1.30pm not 3.00pm and lecture free but booking essential by visiting the British Museum website
  • NEW EVENTS at the Guildhall in NORWICH
    • Huguenot Family Activities, Saturday 13 June, 10am - 3.30pm
    • The Huguenot Story, Saturday 13 June, 10am
    • In Their Footsteps: A Heritage Walk, Saturday 13 June, 1.30 - 2.30pm and 3.30 - 4.30pm
    • Rebels & Innovators lecture series: Harriet Martineau: 19th Century Radical, Thursday 25 June, 6pm

FOR MORE DETAILS ON ALL OF THE ABOVE, VIST THE HUGUENOT SUMMER EVENTS PAGE

The Royal Silk of Spitalfields

Talk by Kate Wigley, Archivist and Commercial Manager at the Warner Textile Archives Warner Textile archives holds Englands second largest collection of flat textiles; over 100,000 items, inlcuding 60,000 textiles and 10,000 paper records. The Royal connection is truly impressive, with many silks being supplied to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle for hangings, curtains and upholstery. The then company Warner & Son wove silks not only for interiors, but for Royal weddings, including the silk stin train of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding dress.

Tuesday Jun 09 2015
7:00pm
Hanbury Hall

Visit Our Huguenot Summer Events Page to Book Your Tickets

Huguenot Footsteps

Huguenot Footsteps is a series of fund-raising walks around where Huguenots settled.

For groups please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (minimum 10 people).

For all other tours please arrive promptly at the meeting place. Tours are normally between 90 minutes and 2 hours dependent on the walk. All monies raised goes towards the Huguenots of Spitalfields educational fund.

Huguenot Summer Walks

 

 
Spitalfields: The Silk Weavers of Spitalfields (May - October)

Spitalfields: The Silk Weavers of Spitalfields (May - October)

Dates:

Tuesday 5th May at 2pm Guide: Charlie de Wet
Tuesday 7th July at 2pm Guide: Charlie de Wet
Tuesday 6th October at 2pm Guide: Charlie de Wet

Meet: Outside Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, E1 6LY

Donation: £10

Many of the Huguenots (French Protestants) who left France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 were weavers - over the years 25,000 settled in Spitalfields. They brought their skills (known as “the Mysteries of the Strangers”), new techniques, new ideas and the incomperable French style. The master weavers lived in large, elegant houses whilst the journeymen weavers lived in small houses north of Spitalfields and Bethnal Green. You will hear about the silk industry, famous pattern designers, fashions, the weaving process and much more. Notably we will pass Anna Maria Garthwaite’s house and the hear the compelling story of this remarkable woman who died over 250 years ago.

 
City Of London: The Huguenots and the City of London (July - August)

City Of London: The Huguenots and the City of London (July - August)

Dates:

Saturday 11th July at 11am Guide: Tim Kidd
Saturday 15th August at 11am Guide: Tim Kidd

Meet: The Duke of Wellington Statue outside the Royal Exchange (nearest underground: Bank)

Donation: £10

 

 
Wandsworth (June)

Wandsworth (June)

Dates:

Saturday 6th June at 11.00am
Saturday 22th August at 11.00am

Meet: Outside Huguenot Rendez Vous Café, Huguenot Place, SW18 2EN

Guide: Tim Kidd with Julia Kuznecow

Donation: £10

The Huguenots (French Protestants) settled here because of the purity and power of the River Wandle, which was ideal for bleaching, and dyeing of felt. The Wandle was known as the hardest working river in Europe and many copper and other mills were located. The Huguenots had superb skills and made the most beautiful hats, which were the envy of Europe. They lived in elegant houses (very few remain today) and worshipped at the Union Chapel. Many were buried between 1687 and 1854 at the Mount Nod Cemetery which is known as the Huguenot burial ground. On this walk we meet at the Huguenot Rendezvous Café in Huguenot Place and end at the French Church.

 
The Immigrants' Walk (June)

The Immigrants' Walk (June)

Date:

Monday 15th June at 11.00am
Tuesday 16th June at 11.00am
Wednesday 17th June at 11.00am
Thursday 18th June at 11.00am
Friday 19th June at 11.00am
Saturday 20th June at 11.00am
Sunday 21st June at 11.00am

Meet: Outside Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, E1 6LY

Qualified Guides

Donation: £10

Spitalfields has always been home to the Diaspora. The Huguenots (French Protestants) were the first to seek sanctuary to practise their faith and settle in the green fields of Spitalfields. Afterwards the Irish, the West Indians, Jews, Bangladeshi and countless other nationalities have made the area their home. Some have left traces but not everyone. Join us for a 90 minute tour around this vibrant and diverse area. You will see a Jewish soup kitchen, Spitalfields master silk weavers’ house, traces of the Irish and the bustling Brick Lane, home to some of the widest variety of restaurants in London.

 
Soho: The Huguenots and Soho (July)

Soho: The Huguenots and Soho (July)

Date:

Saturday 4th July at 11.00am
Saturday 25th July at 11.00am

Meet: By the Eleanor Cross in front of Charing Cross station on the Strand

Guide: Paul Baker

Cost: £10 Buy your tickets HERE

It was here that the Huguenots (French Protestants) settled to be near the Royal Court when they left France and sought sanctuary in England. They were skilled craftsmen and brought with them new techniques, materials and styles that made them the most sought after luxury goods that you could buy. Silversmiths, glass blowers, hatters, tailors, jewellers, peri-wig makers, gun makers as well as men of science, letters and medicine. On this walk you will hear about their skills, why they came to Soho, where they lived and where they worshipped as well as some of the other French that chose to settle in Soho.

 

 
Historic Spitalfields (June - September)

Historic Spitalfields (June - September)

Date:

Tuesday 2th June at 2pm Guide: Charlie de Wet
Tuesday 4th August at 2pm Guide: John Halligan
Tuesday 1st September at 2pm Guide: John Halligan

Meet: Outside Christ Church Spitalfields, Commercial Street, E1 6LY

Donation: £10

Here is where the Romans buried their dead. Priests prayed daily in the Charnel house. Hawksmoor built his masterpiece. Huguenot weavers (French Protestants) toiled long hours to produce the finest silk imaginable. Jewish refugees queued up for subsistence from the soup kitchen. London’s only Yiddish theatre. Terraces of fine Georgian architecture and brick earth to build the City of London after the Great Fire in 1666. It was here that Queen Elizabeth I came to hear the Spital Sermon and where John Wesley preached his methodical procedure of reading the Bible. Where Mark Gertler and Anna Maria Garthwaite lived. There’s plenty to see and do on a walk through time.

 
Clerkenwell: The Huguenots and Clerkenwell (September)

Clerkenwell: The Huguenots and Clerkenwell (September)

Date:

Wednesday 16th September at 11.00am

Saturday 26th September at 11.00am

 

Meet: Outside the main exit to Farringdon Underground Station

Guide: David Evans

Donation: £10

Although not as well-known as the Spitalfields and Soho settlements, Clerkenwell was another of the London areas where Huguenots – refugees from religious persecution in France – came to live from the late 1600s onwards.

Please join Clerkenwell & Islington Guide, David Evans, to discover something of what they found there and what they brought to a locality which was fast becoming a London suburb on the very doorstep of the City of London.

Tea, Cake & Talks: Mount Nod

Come along to this beautiful 18th century silkweaver's home and hear Trisha Jean-Marie, Senior Planner, Conservation & Design Officer at the London Borough of Wandsworth, who will reveal the restoration plans of Mount Nod Cemetery, where many Huguenots were buried. Trisha will bring a list of the names of those buried and pictures of the site. Even today you can see traces of the Huguenots in Wandsworth - for example in the Borough Coat of Arms where the tears of the Huguenots, representing their suffering, are featured. Tea and cake is included in the ticket price. Following on from this talk you will also be able to join a guided walk in Wandsworth to see Mount Nod and hear about the talented Huguenot feltmakes at 11am on Saturday 6th June and Saturday 22nd August. Visit Our Huguenot Summer Events Page to Book Your Tickets

Huguenot Summer

Celebrating the lives and talents of the Huguenots, Huguenot Summer in partnership with the City of London Corporation will run from May to September 2015.

Below is a list of events organised by the Huguenots of Spitalfields, scroll down to view our Partners' programme of events.

Read more: Huguenot Summer

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