Huguenots of 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.
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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