Huegenots com­mem­o­rated at Christ Church Spi­tal­fields

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The Bishop of Lon­don was joined last week by over 350 wor­ship­pers at Christ Church Spi­tal­fields for a thanks­giv­ing ser­vice mark­ing the 415th an­niver­sary of the Edict of Nantes grant­ing French Protes­tants free­dom of wor­ship. When the Edict was re­voked in 1685 over 20,000 Huguenots set­tled in Spi­tal­fields, where their skills in weav­ing and work­ing with silk left an in­deli­ble mark on the area.

At the 23 April 2013 ser­vice the Dean of Rochester contributed a read­ing while Giles De La Mare read the poem 'All that's past' by his grand­fa­ther, poet and nov­el­ist, Wal­ter De La Mare. The ser­vice is part of the wider fes­ti­val be­ing held to cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion of the Huguenots to Spi­tal­fields and to raise funds for a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial com­mem­o­rat­ing their life and work.

The Rev. Andy Rider Rec­tor at Christ Church Spi­tal­fields com­mented: “It was a priv­i­lege to host this spe­cial ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing to com­mem­o­rate the Huguenots of Spi­tal­fields. We cel­e­brate not just their im­pact on this area but to Lon­don and the many places that the Huguenot com­mu­nity set­tled fol­low­ing their times of trial and per­se­cu­tion. We cel­e­brate not just their busi­ness en­deav­ours, their art and cul­ture but prin­ci­pally we re­mem­ber them as a peo­ple of deep bi­b­li­cal Chris­tian faith."

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