huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields
huguenots of spitalfields

Word on the Street: La Soupe with Philip Carstairs

Tuesday 21st May at 2.30pm FREE EVENT

Venue: London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0HB

If the soup kitchen was not invented in London, it was perfected here, in Spitalfields where Huguenots established the first soup kitchen for distressed silk-weavers. This talk will explore the experience of the poor at several of London's many nineteenth century soup kitchens. These regularly supplied tens of thousands of poor Londoners of all backgrounds with soup; the Spitalfields Soup Society, one of the largest, served the Spitalfields community whose silk-weavers suffered great privation as their industry declined.

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