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Huguenots of Spitalfields

Historic Spitalfields is a walk that encapsulates the story of the courageous Huguenots, who left France under duress and settled in Spitalfields,  where they could practise their religion freely. The walk also explores other migrant groups who have made Spitalfields their home.


'Historic Spitalfields' Walk
11.00am for a 90-minute walk
£10.00 - Book online 

After King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, the Huguenots were forbidden to leave France but thousands escaped to neighbouring European countries and even as far away as South Africa. Around 50,000 Huguenots came to England, bringing with them their ethos for hard work and their craft skills.

In Spitalfields, an already established weaving industry flourished under the new influx of Huguenots who were particularly talented in weaving silk patterns. 

Many other immigrant groups have made Spitalfields their home, making their marks on the urban landscape and creating layers of fascinating history.

The walk, Historic Spitalfields, features many of these captivating layers, including the Brick Lane Mosque, which was once a synagogue, and a Huguenot chapel.


Meet Point: outside Christ Church, Commercial Street, Spitalfields

Huguenots of Spitalfields

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