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            Bishop’s Stortford

    Decorative & Fine Arts Society


 Registered Charity Number: 281725


      A Member Society of


     The Arts Society











 Lecture at the Rhodes Arts Complex on

   Tuesday, 14 May


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

Sue Jackson

We all know that the Huguenots settled in Spitalfields after fleeing from persecution, but do we know the whole story of that group of people? On the 14th May, Sue Jackson will explain, in her talk entitled ‘The Huguenot Silk Weavers of Spitalfields: from riches to rags’, how they were at first welcomed with open arms but later their fortunes fluctuated. Their early 18th-century houses still stand and Sue will show us how they were decorated and lived in. She will talk about the fashionable, patterned silk dresses and how the silk weaving trade died out, with some weavers dying in poverty.

Starts at 10.40, coffee from 10.00


A note from Adrienne Slater, Programme Coordinator, Huguenots of Spitalfields


For a number of years, we have run very successful Huguenot walks in London as part of our charity’s awareness programme. These are usually in the City of London, Clerkenwell, Soho, Greenwich and Spitalfields. People are fascinated by the Huguenots - French Protestants and the first refugees - their persecution in France and journey to England, and how they subsequently transformed the skills base of this country. Many of your members will have Huguenot ancestry; in fact, it is estimated that one in six of us is a Huguenot descendant.


If you are interested in including a Huguenot walk as part of your programme of events, please contact



Visitors and new members are welcome

Further information from the membership secretary 01279 656065

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