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The Royal Bounty microfiche digitization project

02 Jul, 2020 by Huguenot Society
The Royal Bounty Archives is one of the main collections housed in the Huguenot Library. It consists of the papers of the successive French Committees, whose responsibility was to administer and distribute the funds given by the Crown to help poor Huguenot refugees and their descendants, from 1685 to 1876. The digitization project aimed to make the microfiches of this invaluable collection available online to Fellows of the Society ....

Peter de Lannoy: a Southwark Huguenot in Parliament

17 Jun, 2020 by Huguenot Society
MPs of immigrant heritage are now prominent in the House of Commons, but this is not simply a recent development. Peter de Lannoy, who was elected in 1656 by inhabitants of the large and diverse borough of Southwark, was descended from Walloon refugees and baptised in a French-speaking church. A local dyer, engaged in a trade enriched by immigrants, he exemplifies both the gradual process of assimilation and a temporary widening of participation in Parliament in the mid-17th century ....

Huguenot Gardens and Gardeners at the French Protestant Hospital

07 Jun, 2020 by Huguenot Society
Occupying several sites over its 300-year history, The French Protestant Hospital has always been set in impressive grounds, designed and tended by Huguenot gardeners and planted with specimens evoking the Huguenot origins of the residents who made it their home ....

Spitalfields' Huguenots

22 May, 2020 by Huguenot Society
Spitalfields, formerly part of the large parish of Stepney, became a parish in its own right with the consecration of Christ Church, in 1729. By this date, the Huguenot refugees who had settled there in the 1680s, in search of religious freedom, had made their name as expert silk weavers, and successful businessmen, and had their own chapels.The poorer members of this tight-knit community were assisted by Huguenot relief agencies, and a charity school operated under the auspices of the French Church of London ....

The Westminster French Protestant School Archives

20 May, 2020 by Huguenot Society
The archives of the Westminster French Protestant School have survived from its foundation in 1747 until its closure in 1924. Housed at the Huguenot Library, these records are a valuable source of genealogical information, but minutes of Directors' meetings also provide a lively picture of the school's organization, its staff and pupils ....