23rd October - Huguenot Footsteps in Canterbury

The Huguenots of Canterbury
Monday 23rd October at 2pm

Join us for a 90 minute walk to hear about past residents of Canterbury, religious refugees who helped transform the textile industry.
The first arrivals were Walloons and Flemings who fled Catholic persecution in the Low Countries and came to Canterbury via Sandwich. By the end of the sixteenth century these French-speaking ‘Strangers’ constituted around a quarter of the city’s population. A century later a second influx of refugees, Huguenots from France, joined the existing community. Many of the Strangers were weavers who introduced ‘new draperies’ to England and subsequently made Canterbury an important silk-weaving centre.

At first they worshipped in St Aphege Church but as numbers grew they were invited to use the Cathedral crypt. A French church service has been held there every Sunday since 1576.

This walk is part of a campaign to highlight the contribution that these industrious, talented and courageous refugees gave to this country

Meet at 2pm on Monday 23rd October at Buttermarket (outside Canterbury Cathedral).

Donation £10 for the primary school educational fund. To book please click on this link http://www.wegottickets.com/event/411675

 

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