Huguenots of Spitalfields Strangers' Newsletter - Issue 4
Issue 4 - Summer 2014
Huguenot Threads: a series of walks, talks and events will run from 9th to 20th July, 2014; it is presented in partnership with the City of London and sponsored by British Land, Water Poet and the Crown & Shuttle. Visit www.huguenotsofspitalfields.org to see the programme of events and how to book tickets (many are free).
We will be highlighting the forgotten housing of Spitalfields – the journeymen weavers’ houses – rare and early survival of building types that once dominated Spitalfields but of which only a handful remain, mostly in highly dilapidated states. What makes them so different from the other domestic working houses is that this specific building style emerged in response to the burgeoning silk industry; they are therefore of special architectural and historic interest. Many of you will have heard Dan Cruickshank talk about their importance to Spitalfields. Peter Guillery, author of the Small House in 18th century London, will be giving a talk about these houses, attending a fund-raising evening and conducting a walk.
There are visits to Raven Row Gallery, the Goldsmiths’ and Apothecaries’ Livery Halls, the V&A, Dr. Johnson’s House, and 37 Spital Square. By request, we have included return visits to the Guildhall and Bishopsgate Libraries, the Museum of London, and the London Metropolitan Archives - and if you have not enjoyed or participated in a French Protestant service before, we hope that you will join us at the French church in Soho Square for an enriching experience.
Our long-term objective is to identify the Huguenots of Spitalfields – who they were and where they lived. So if you are of Huguenot descent, with Spitalfields connections, be sure to visit 'Town House' in Fournier Street or email firstname.lastname@example.org any time before the end of August and either mark where your ancestors lived on the Spitalfields map or leave your Huguenot name on the chart.
Soirée in Spitalfields It was a brilliant, successful and thoroughly enjoyable evening: hosted in a beautiful 18th century house, the charm of the venue enhanced by some superb poetry readings - Siân Phillips (shortly to play Lady Bracknell in the West End) read Thomas Hood’s 'The Shirt' and Rodney Archer (whose house on Fournier Street you will be able to visit during Huguenots Threads) read 'The Huguenot'; this was followed by a fascinating talk by Dr Robin Gwynn about four Huguenot Ministers who were connected to the two churches in Fournier Street, and the evening ended with The Gentle Author of Spitalfield’s Life reading A Dress of Spitalfield’s Silk - Mrs. Fanshawe’s amazing two metre-wide dress on show at the Museum of London. The funds raised will go towards the educational programme. Click here for photographs (insert hyperlink).
Huguenots in the City; donation £5; meet by the Duke of Wellington statue in front of the Royal Exchange at 11am. Duration:one hour.
11th & 12th July and 19th & 20th July: WEEKEND WALKS
12noon: Highlights of Spitalfields
18th- Rochester French Hospital: opportunity to visit La Providence, see the site of the new Heritage Centre and maybe even squeeze in a brief visit to the cathedral, castle, Six Poor Travellers' House and Restoration House. Donation £20 (travel extra); meet at St. Pancras Station at about 11am; light lunch included. Details from email@example.com
HUGUENOT CONNECTIONS: The Ogier Family of 19 Princelet Street
Marie Ward (nee Ogier).
Marie was the thirteenth child of sixteen. Her father, a Master weaver of silks and flowered velvets, had established himself in London, and was naturalized in 1753.
At the age of six, Marie and her brothers and sisters moved to America with her parents. The family settled in Charleston, South Carolina, a state that actively welcomed French Protestants. After her father’s death in 1780, her mother returned to London with Marie and some of her siblings; others decided to stay in Charleston, having married locally.
In 1797, Marie married Revered Michael Ward in Tamworth, Staffordshire. Their first child, Marie Ogier, was born in 1798 followed by four sons, two of whom died in childhood, and a daughter.
Michael Ward was Vicar of All Saints Church in Lapley, near Stafford, and the family lived in Tamworth. In 1836, he became Rector of St John the Baptist Church in Stiffkey and the family moved to north Norfolk. He died in 1841.
In 1824 Marie had her portrait painted by the artist and friend, John Glover. She moved to Kensington to be with her kin after her husband’s death, and died there on 17 January 1849, aged 81.
HERITAGE CENTRE UPDATE
Is there a meaning to the shape of the Huguenot Cross?
Brooches / Pendants (chain not supplied) £9.50 each and Lapel Pins £7.50 each are available to purchase from the Huguenot Society. Add £1.00 p&p and send your cheque to 'The Administrative Officer, Huguenot Socety, PO Box 444, Ruislip, HA4 4GU'
Is it true that the Huguenots loved canaries?
Phil Maxwell’s 'Brick Lane' is the latest publication from Spitalfields Life books. Its 300 pages record thirty years of Phil’s dramatic black and white photographs of Brick Lane, telling the story of volatile social change from 1982 until the present day. The book costs just £10 and is available from spitalfieldslife.com and 'Town House' at 5 Fournier Street E1.
3.5 MILLION VIEWERS watched the Great British Sewing Bee on BBC2 recently, with a feature by Claudia Winkleman on the silk weavers of Spitalfields.
Congratulation to Spitalfields Music who, this year, celebrates the 25th anniversary of their hugely impressive Learning and Participation programme. The 2014 Summer Music Festival runs from 6th to 21st June. For details visit spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk.
After a lengthy fight to try to save the Fruit & Wool Exchange in Brushfield Street, July sees the start of the demolition of this fine building and the eradication of 15th century Dorset Street from the map of Spitalfields .
In August, 28 metres below ground, the tunneling for CrossRail commences under Spitalfields.
Visitors to Spitalfields will have seen the fast progress being made on the 200 bedroom hotel currently under construction in Brick Lane, facing Fournier Street.
French Hospital, Hackney Revitalised
THANK YOU to...... the wonderful businessses who donated prizes for the raffle at the Soirée in Spitalfields: Nadia at Chez Elle in Brick Lane - our favourite Bistro, Mark and Philip of Crescent Trading in Greyfriars Lane, Androuet who runs the finest cheese shop in Spitalfields Market, Fiona Atkins for allowing the winner to stay overnight in her 18th C Huguenots’ house, Phil Maxwell for his new book on Brick Lane, and curator Mick Peroni who donated two tickets for a visit to the magical Dennis Severs’ House. Thank you to the many individuals and groups who have supported the Spitalfields 1912 exhibition and walks.
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