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 living descendants of the original French Huguenots, Jean and Jeanne Arnau, who settled in Spitalfields/Bethnal Green about 1700.
I got them together for a reunion in 1992, we met in the ‘Ten Bells’ pub, which was near to where Jean and Jeanne first settled, and took photos in Wilkes Street. It was a great day out, I took everyone on a tour of the area, visited Denis Severs house in Folgate Street, the old Huguenot house in Princelet Street, the ‘Two Brewers’ pub in Brick Lane, which has the plaque on the side wall ‘RE-BUILT S.ARNO. 1862’ St. Leonards, Shoreditch, where the first Arnau was baptised using the spelling Arno.
Nice to see people meeting up with relatives they never knew they had, specially Stan Arno who was bought up in an orphanage and never knew he had any family, then met a pub full of them.
Eliza Mallindine + Joseph Arno – Mallandain
eliza mallindine + joseph arno. Eliza was born in Bethnal Green about 1837 to Christopher Mallindine and his wife Sophia Hall. Her father died when Eliza was just seven years old and without his wages, the family was forced to seek assistance from the parish.
Written and sent to Huguenots of Spitalfields by Mr John Arno
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