The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Old Spitalfields: from riches to rags

Huguenots of Old Spitalfields Walk with Sue JacksonWe will be walking through one of the most cosmopolitan areas of London, with residents ranging from affluent designers and architects, artists and writers, to the overspill from Banglatown and housing association residents, but the houses we will be looking at were built for Huguenot Master Weavers in the early 18C. These Huguenots were Protestant silk weavers, who’d come in vast numbers at the end of the 17C escaping persecution in Catholic France. We will be looking at how they lived, worshipped and worked, and how their fortunes were shaped. We will look at images of the exquisite patterned silk garments they wove and see where one of their designers, Anna Maria Garthwaite, lived. The story truly is one which ends in rags as by the end of the 19C some weavers were literally starving to death in the garrets.

I shall be leading this walk on Saturday January 28th 2017 at 10.45am. Meet Liverpool St tube station (Central, Hammersmith & City, Circle lines), Bishopsgate exit – note times above.

Cost: £10 per adult, £8 concessions (seniors over 65, full-time students, Walkabout Card holders). Children under 15 go free if accompanied by their parent(s).

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