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Huguenots of Spitalfields

Follow in the footsteps of the Huguenots and refugees who found a home in Spitalfields.


Historic Spitalfields Walk
11am and 2pm

Spitalfields is where the East End meets the City of London and is one of the most historic, vibrant and diverse areas in London.

Join Charlie de Wet in a 90-minute walk to hear about the Huguenots (French Protestants and the first refugees) and subsequent waves of immigrants including the Jews fleeing the pogroms from Eastern Europe, the Irish escaping the potato famine and the Bengalis from Bangladesh. All were escaping persecution and settled in Spitalfields to practice their faith. From the early Huguenot silk weavers, tailors, furriers, leather workers - all lived and worked in these historic streets.

You'll hear about the building of Christ Church, Nicholas Hawksmoor's masterpiece and one of the finest baroque churches in England. Also the Charnel House hidden well below the pavements of Spitalfields Market.

Woman standing in front of an open fireplace wearing a pink silk long dress
Join Charlie de Wet in a 90 minute walk of Spitalfields and to hear the tales of the immigrants who found a home where the East End meets the City of London © Marenka Gabeler


Meet outside Christ Church, Commercial St, London E1 6LY at 11am and 2pm on Wednesday 31 May.
Donation of £10 towards the Huguenots of Spitalfields educational fund.

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