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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 - July)

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

Dates:

Tuesday 5th May at 2pm Guide: Charlie de Wet
Tuesday 2nd June at 2pm Guide: Charlie de Wet
Tuesday 7th July 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.

 
Wandsworth (June)

Wandsworth (June)

Dates:

Saturday 6th June at 11.00am
Saturday 27th June 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 Immigrant Story (June)

The Immigrant Story (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

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 in Soho (June)

Soho: The Huguenots in Soho (June)

Date: Saturday 20th June at 11.00am

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

Guide: Paul Baker

Donation: £10

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 (August - September)

Historic Spitalfields (August - September)

Date:

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 of Clerkenwell (September)

Clerkenwell: The Huguenots of Clerkenwell (September)

Date: Wednesday 16th 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.

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 (An advanced view of the programme to-date can be seen HERE), during which time the Huguenot Museum will open in Rochester, the Duke of Buccleuch will stage the ‘Montagus and Huguenots’ exhibition at Boughton House, a festival in Spitalfields and the City of London will take place, and many events in the towns where the Huguenots settled. These include, Plymouth, Taunton, Colchester, Norwich, Winchester, Canterbury, Greenwich, Wandsworth, Soho, and more.

Read more: Huguenot Summer

Refugee Week

refugee weekRefugee Week takes place between 15-21 June and is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary.

For more information, visit:
www.refugeeweek.org.uk
www.facebook.com/refugeeweek
www.twitter.com/refugeeweek

 

Fabric of the City

fabric of the city

Leading textile and fashion designers from the East End of London have created new works in response to the fabrics of the 17th century silk weavers of Spitalfields. Utilising the support of archival material from the Museum of London and the V&A Museum.

Inspired by the rich history of the Huguenots, many of whom settled in and around East London, The Cass School of Design is contributing to the ‘Huguenot Summer 2015’, a festival organised by the Huguenots of Spitalfields in partnership with the City of London Corporation.

Date: 10th - 25th July 2015

Location: The Cass Bank Gallery, Central House, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF

 

For more information, visit: www.thecass.com/news-events/2015/march/fabric-of-the-city

Sixth International Huguenot Conference

huguenot cross

huguenot logo

 

 

 

Convened by
The Huguenot Society of
Great Britain and Ireland

 

 

 

SIXTH INTERNATIONAL HUGUENOT CONFERENCE


"Huguenot Networks in Europe, 1550 - 1800: the impact of a minority"
9 - 11 September 2015


at
Europe House, Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3EU: 10 - 11 September
Preceded by a visit to Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire: 9 September

Read more: Sixth International Huguenot Conference

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