- VENUE CHANGE: This free event will now all take place in Christ Church, Spitalfields.
John Calvin and the Christian Life Thursday 9th July.
- READ ALL ABOUT IT! 19th June we had a huge spread in the Independant- section 2 The Big Read!
Sunday 2nd August Come with us to Canterbury to see the weavers house and join us at the Huguenot Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral. Details on Eventbrite
- More walks added to the City and Spitalfields.
- 11th July - In the City at 11am
- 5th September Immigrants in Spitalfields at 11am
FOR MORE DETAILS ON ALL OF THE ABOVE, VISIT THE HUGUENOT SUMMER EVENTS PAGE
Huguenot Footsteps is a series of fund-raising walks around where Huguenots settled.
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)
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
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)
Saturday 11th July at 11am Guide: Tim Kidd
Saturday 18th 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)
Huguenots in Greenwich (July - September)
Tuesday 21st July at 10:30am
Saturday 12th September at 10:30
Saturday 19th September at 10:30
Meet: Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre
Cost £10; prior booking is not essential, you can just turn up and go on the day; however if you wish to guarantee a place please book your tickets through Eventbrite
The Huguenots of Canterbury (August)
Sun Aug 02 201512:15pm
Meet: Canterbury Cathedral
Our visit to Canterbury will begin at 12.15pm where we will meet by the Christ Church Cathedral Gate, Buttermarket, to start a guided tour of the city with Dr Doreen Rosman, looking at some fascinating Huguenot heritage including seeing the weavers houses that stand on the River Stour. When the Huguenot refugees were welcomed by Elizabeth I she gave them right to trade in Canterbury. She also offered them a special place of worship in the Cathedral and a Huguenot chapel is still there today. After the walk there will be free time for lunch before attending the Sunday Service in the Huguenot Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral.In the morning trains depart from St Pancras Station at 10.08am (arr. 11.08am), 10.37am (arr. 11.50am), and 11.12am (arr. 12.08am). In the afternoon trains return to St Pancras every hour at 15.25pm, 15.45pm, 16.25pm, and 16.45pm etc. so if you wish you can have plenty of additional time to explore this charming city. Price is £12 (plus booking fee) Please note that to allow you to benefit from your own discounted rates i.e. senior passes, all train tickets should be purchased individually. Please visit www.canterbury-cathedral.org for more information on the Cathedral and Huguenot chapel.
Please book your tickets through Eventbrite
Wandsworth (June - August)
Saturday 27th 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
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.
Soho: The Huguenots and Soho (July)
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)
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
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)
Wednesday 16th September at 11.00am
Saturday 26th September at 11.00am
Meet: Outside the main exit to Farringdon Underground Station
Guide: David Evans
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.
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 - 31st 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
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.
Some changes may have taken place since you last viewed the programme (new events added/existing event changes); take a look at our Huguenot Summer Updates page for the latest info.
Refugee 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.