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Huguenot Summer Programme Updates





  • Boughton House is open during September for group visits

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


Huguenot Footsteps

Walks during September

  • 1st September - 'Historic Spitalfields', meet outside Christ Church, Spitalfields at 2pm
  • 5th September - 'Spitalfields Experience', meet outside Christ Church, Spitalfields at 11am
  • 12th September - 'Festival Walks', meet outside Christ Church, Spitalfields.  Walks at 11am and 2pm.
  • 16th September - Clerkenwell, meet outside the main exit to Farringdon underground station at 11am
  • The Greenwich Walk on Saturday 12th September has been cancelled. 
  • The next walk in Greenwich takes place on Saturday 19th September. Meet outside the 'Discover Greenwich' Tourist Office at 10.30am. To book https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/huguenot-footsteps-huguenots-in-greenwich-tickets-17335910174?ref=ebapi This is also Open House Weekend so you can also take the opportunity to visit for free The Fan Museum in Greenwich, 12 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER.
  • 26th September - Clerkenwell, meet outside the main exit to Farringdon underground station at 11am


  • Sunday 6th September - Open Day at Sandy's Row Synagogue, Sandy's Row, E1. Tours will take place throughout the afternoon between 12 noon and 3pm.  Cost £4 - no booking necessary. You will be sure of a warm welcome when you visit this Synagogue which was once a Huguenot Chapel.


  • Thursday 10th September 9.30am- 4pm at Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 - Painting Flowers and Fruits of Late Summer.  Spend quality time capturing the charming detail of seasonal plants in watercolour. Advice on technique and individual assistance will be offered. £105 http://chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/learning/walks-talks-workshops/


  • Tuesday 15th September 6.00-8.00pm and includes a wine reception - Huguenot Society and Settlement around London in the late 17th C.  This talk by Dr Robin Gwynn, looks at where the Huguenots settled and why the different French communities in London varied greatly in their nature. £5 + booking fee. http://settlementinlondonlate17thcentury.eventbrite.co.uk



  • Festival Soiree on Thursday 17th September

The Trustees of Huguenots of Spitalfields invite you to a Soiree in Spitalfields on Thursday 17th September at Townhouse, 5 Fournier Street, E1.  Please join us from 6pm until 8.30pm for a special evening in a wonderfully restored 18th C silk merchant's house.  The Gentle Author will introduce his forthcoming book of THE CRIES OF LONDON and show the engravings of Marcellus Laroon, a Huguenot artist who was the first to create individual portraits of London street traders. Donation from £20 - raising money for the Huguenots of Spitalfields Educational Fund. Drinks and canapes will be served and a Red Bag Raffle held.  To book contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Thursday 24th September 2.30-3.30pm - Faith near the City: The History of the French Congregation in Greenwich.  Talk by Revd. Chris Moody, Vicar at St Alfege Church in Greenwich. Resistance or assimilation? 'The Church in Danger' was a slogan of the Tory high church party whose dominance during Harley's administration led to the 'Fifty New Churches Act' of 1711.  This talk will look at some of the local issues around the rebuilding of St Alfege's, Greenwich, the first of the Hawksmoor churches built under the act, and the theological idea influencing the template for these unique structures. This event is free and no booking is necessary.


  • Thursday 24th September 1.15-1.45pm at Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TH - Huguenot Hero - Henri Portal 

A Huguenot refugee who escaped persecution in France, Henry Portal founded the Portal paper mill which went on to produce paper for Bank of England notes. Portals paper milling and bank note paper production continue to this day. This free lunchtime talk by archivist Mark Pitchforth and film show in the Hampshire Record Office cinema sheds light on the life of the man and the business he created. Free, no booking required More info: HERE


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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 (September)

Spitalfields Experience (September)


Spitalfields is where the East End meets the City of London and is one of the most diverse, vibrant and exciting places in London.  During the 90 minute walk we will cover historic, trendy, cultural, architectural and incomers' topics.  Subject to numbers we hope to call in to Taj Stores, the Townhouse, Itchey Park and Seven Stars Yard.  We will meet outside Christ Church, Spitalfields at 11am.

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

5th September 2015

12th September 2015





Festival Walks (Saturday 12th September)

Festival Walks (Saturday 12th September)

Festival Walks will take place on Saturday 12th September at 11am and 2pm.  Meet at Christ Church, Spitalfields.  Price £10.

Spitalfields is where the East End meets the City of London and is one of the most diverse, vibrant and exciting places in London.
During the 90 minute walk we will cover historic, trendy, cultural, architectural, incomers' topics.  Subject to numbers we hope to call into Taj Stores, the Townhouse, Itchey Park, Seven Stars Yard.  We meet outside Christ Church, Spitalfields at 11am and 2pm.

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.

Huguenots in Greenwich (September)

Huguenots in Greenwich (September)


Saturday 19th September at 10:30am

After the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, a small but significant Huguenot community settled in Greenwich around the Marquis de Ruvigny.  Many lived in Crooms Hill and worshipped at St Alfege Church -  a few tombstones still remain.  The guide will tell you about their houses, their exploits (some not legal) and the characters that once lived in this amazing town, full of history. Our tour will end outside the Fan Museum and being Open House Weekend it is open to the public.  Tour is £10.  Meet by the Discover Greenwich tourist office at 10.30am.  

Whilst here see the Cutty Sark, the Queen’s House and the old Naval College with its remarkable Painted Ceiling in the Great Hall.

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


Historic Spitalfields (September)

Historic Spitalfields (September)


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.

Sixth International Huguenot Conference

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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

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

Boughton House Huguenot Exhibition Summer 2015

'The Montagus and the Huguenots', this special exhibition will run until September 2015 and offer a once-in-a-generation opportunity to see paintings, furniture, printing, silver, maps, sculpture, and more, created by Huguenot artists and craftsmen.

A wonderful opportunity to see how English culture was boosted by Huguenot skills the exhibition will reunite many of the treasures commissioned at the end of the 17th century and beginning of the 18th century by the current Duke of Buccleuch’s ancestor, the Duke of Montagu.

For group bookings please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01315240910.

Individual visitors are welcomed during August, see www.boughtonhouse.co.uk for details.

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