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Huguenot Summer Programme Updates

  • VENUE CHANGE: This free event will now all take place in Christ Church, Spitalfields.

John Calvin and the Christian Life Thursday 9th July.

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

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 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 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)

Donation: £10

 

 
Huguenots in Greenwich (July - September)

Huguenots in Greenwich (July - September)

Dates:

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)

The Huguenots of Canterbury (August)

Dates:

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)

Wandsworth (June - August)

Dates:

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

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.

 
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.

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 - 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

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

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

 

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