French Huguenot Church relief London London The French Protestant Church of London (Église Protestante Française de Londres) is a Huguenot Protestant church in Soho Square, London. It is a registered charity under English law. This beautiful tympanum captures the art of the time in a modern and timeless manner. 'To the Glory of God and in grateful memory of H.M. King Edward VI who by his charter of 1550 granted Asylum to the Huguenots from France.
The Huguenots were French Protestants most of whom eventually came to follow the teachings of John Calvin, and who, due to religious persecution, were forced to flee France to other countries in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
More than 500,000 Huguenots were driven out of France & went to other countries, leaving practically all of their material wealth behind them. Members of the DesLoges family were among those who went to England; and some of them, who fled from the city of Rochelle as previously mentioned, became affiliated with the French Church on Threadneedle Street in the city of London. Their names are recorded in the registers of that church
Huguenots in Spitalfields Throughout the seventeenth century foreign weavers continued to come to London, and were resented by native weavers. Fears were expressed about the immigrants’ credentials and the standard of their work. But there was a sense of obligation to help refugees. After Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685, thousands of French Protestants (Huguenots) came to England. Many of them were skilled craftsmen: clock‑makers, jewellers, shipwrights, glassworkers…
built by Daniel Bisson a French Huguenot refugee House Mill of 1776 at Bromley by Bow is the largest tidal mill in the world and the only remaining mill at Three Mill Island on the River Lea, an artificial island created in ancient times – like Venice – by driving thousands of wooden stakes into the mud, for the purpose of harnessing the tide See link for more images & article