Huguenots walking tours in Spitalfields take place on the first Tuesday of each month from May to October. We meet at Christ Church, Spitalfields at 2pm. The second Huguenots of Spitalfields walking tour this year takes place on Tuesday 6th June.
Donation £10 per head goes towards the Huguenots of Spitalfields educational fund. You can turn up on the day but to guarantee a place, please buy your tickets in advance.
Many of the Huguenots (French Protestants) who left France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 were weavers - over the years 25,000 settled in Spitalfields. They brought their skills (known as “the Mysteries of the Strangers”), new techniques, new ideas and the incomparable French style. The master weavers lived in large, elegant houses whilst the journeymen weavers lived in small houses north of Spitalfields and Bethnal Green. You will hear about the silk industry, famous pattern designers, fashions, the weaving process and much more. Notably we will pass Anna Maria Garthwaite’s house and then hear the compelling story of this remarkable woman who died over 250 years ago.