• Brushfield Street, Spitalfields.
  • Fournier Street, Spitalfields

Huguenot Summer Programme Updates

** Update **

Louis XIV's Versailles: The Power, The Glory, and the Secret Wife - On Thursday 30th July this lecture starts at 6.00pm and not 6.30pm as advertised.


  • FINISHING THIS WEEK - Fabric of the City Exhibition until Friday 31st July at the CASS Bank Gallery,  59-63 Whitechapel High Street, E1,  Monday-Saturday 12-4pm, Thursday 12-7pm, Admission FREE - no booking necessary

The Fabric of the City Exhibition is displaying the work of contemporary textile and fashion designers, responding to the traditional Huguenot Spitalfields silks and showcasing the practice of designers continuing to work in the heart of the City and highlights both the rich history and introduces us to a contemporary interpretation of a legacy that captivates people today.


  • Sunday 2nd August - The Huguenots of Canterbury Come with us to Canterbury to look at some fascinating Huguenot heritage and for a truly wonderful experience.  Charlie de Wet will be catching the 10.08am train from St Pancras to Canterbury and there is a further train departing at 10.37am. We will meet at 12.15pm in Buttermarket, by the Cathedral Gate.  Join us for a service in French at the Huguenot Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral and a tour of the weavers' houses that stand on the River Stour. Price is £12 (plus booking fee). Further details on Eventbrite.


  • Boughton House opens to the public on 1st August

Boughton House, known as the English Versailles, will host a special exhibition celebrating the extraordinary French legacy of the Huguenot artworks preserved there. Open during August for individual visitors and in September for group visits www.boughtonhouse.co.uk


  • Tuesday 4th August - Raven Row

A FREE personal tour by Alex Sainsbury, founding Director of the gallery, situated in a Grade 1 listed 17th century Huguenot shop, once owned by silk merchant Nicholas Jourdain. Tour takes place at 11am, 56 Artillery Lane, Spitalfields, E1. For more information visit www.ravenrow.org 


Huguenot Footsteps

Walks during August

  • 4th August - Historic Spitalfields, meet outside Christ Church, Spitalfields, Commercial Street, E1 at 2pm
  • 15th August - Huguenots in the City, meet by Duke of Wellington statue outside Royal Exchange at 11am
  • 22nd August - Wandsworth, meet outside Huguenot Rendez Vous Cafe, Huguenot Place, SW18 at 11am
  • 8th August and 29th August 'Spitalfields Experience' at 11am


Walks during September

  • Festival Walks will take place on Huguenot Day, Saturday 12th September at Spitalfields Traders' Market on the hour from 11am to 3pm. Price £10
  • The Greenwich Walk on Saturday 12th September has been cancelled. 
  • The next walk in Greenwich takes place on Saturday 19th September. Meet outside the Tourist Office at 10.30am.  Book via Eventbrite.  This is also Open House Weekend so you can also take the opportunity to visit The Fan Museum in Greenwich, 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER.


  • Wednesday 16th September at 1.30pm - Is Religious Toleration The Best We Are Going To Get? - Tickets are now available for this event which is part of the Festival of Freedoms 'Parliament in the Making' programme.  Further details on Eventbrite.



  • Tuesday 22nd September at 11.00am The Treasury in Winchester Cathedral - A visit to the Treasury hosted by the Cathedral's Curator, Jo Bartholomew to see the silver including many items made by Huguenot silversmiths.


READ ALL ABOUT IT! 19th June we had a huge spread in the Independent- section 2 The Big Read!


Huguenot Footsteps

We arrange tours where the Huguenots settled for groups of 10 or more people throughout the year. We will be very happy to tailor-make a tour for your group.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For all other tours please arrive promptly at the meeting place. Tours are normally around 90 minutes dependent on the walk. All monies raised goes towards the Huguenots of Spitalfields Educational Fund.

Huguenot Summer Walks


Spitalfields Experience (August - September)

Spitalfields Experience (August - September)

Spitalfields Experience


Walks will take place at 11am on the following dates:

8th August 2015

29th August 2015

5th September 2015

More details soon



Festival Walks (Saturday 12th September)

Festival Walks (Saturday 12th September)

Festival Walks will take place on Huguenot Day, Saturday 12th September at Spitalfields Traders' Market on the hour from 11am to 3pm.  Price £10.

More details soon.

Spitalfields: The Silk Weavers of Spitalfields (October)

Spitalfields: The Silk Weavers of Spitalfields (October)

Date:  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 incomparable 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 (August)

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

Walk with Tim Kidd, qualified City of London guide.  The contribution the Huguenots made to commerce and banking in the City of London was enormous.  It covered insurance, stockbroking, finance and commerce.  You will walk through some of the alleyways of the City and hear the story of the characters who have played their part inthe creation of the financial centre of this country.  From the amazing dress of Spitalfields silk worn by Mrs Fanshawe at Mansion House to the location of the hugely important Threadneedle Street Church you will be fascinated to hear more about Huguenots in the life of the City of London.  Cost £10; no prior booking is required (just turn up and go on the day).  Bookings via Eventbrite.



Saturday 15th August at 11am

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

Donation: £10


Huguenots in Greenwich (September)

Huguenots in Greenwich (September)


Saturday 19th September at 10:30am

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)

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 (August)

Wandsworth (August)

Date:  Saturday 22nd August at 11.00am

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

Guide: Tim Kidd

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.

Historic Spitalfields (August and September)

Historic Spitalfields (August and September)


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)


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.

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.

Free Exhibition: 10th - 31st July 2015, Monday-Saturday 12-4pm, Thursday 12-7pm

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

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.

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.

Read more: Huguenot Summer

Sixth International Huguenot Conference

huguenot cross

huguenot logo




Convened by
The Huguenot Society of
Great Britain and Ireland





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

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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