Huguenots of Spitalfields

Fournier Street

This street was named after George Fournier, a Huguenot refugee, and is still full of elegant townhouses which were once home to Huguenot weavers. The […]

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Crispin Street

This street was named in 1883 after the death of Henri of Artois (1820-1883), the Count of Chambord and pretender to the French throne, to […]

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Artillery Lane

No.56 Artillery Lane is one of the oldest remaining shop fronts in London. From 1720 it was occupied by Nicholas Jourdain, a Huguenot silk merchant […]

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Huguenot Street Names - 59 Brick Lane

Brick Lane

No.59 Brick Lane, on the corner with Fournier Street, was built in 1742-74 as a Huguenot Chapel. It was later used as a Methodist mission […]

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Ruffy family

The Ruffy family (the widowed Madame Catherine Ruffy and her five children) settled in Spitalfields in 1687, along with 13,000 other Huguenots who arrived the […]

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Bonifas family

The Bonifas family came from France to London in the 1700s because, as Huguenots, their life was difficult. The father, François Bonifas, had a cousin […]

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The Arno family reunion

Arno Family

I traced my roots in the early 1990s before computers, just lots of leg work around record offices and archives. I traced most of the […]

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