Fournier Street, running beside
Christ Church, Spitalfields is a permanent reminder of the
Huguenots - Protestant refugees who fled to England in the
early 18th century to escape persecution in France.
The silk weaving skills of the
French Huguenot community brought prosperty to the East End,
and Fournier Street is lined with the Huguenot's tall 18th
These have elaborate porches
and distinctive shutters. The broad attic windows were
designed to give maximum light to the silk-weavers.
The textile industry continues
in Fournier Street, and in the nearby streets, but working
conditions are improved and many of the workrooms have been
converted into showrooms for companies with modern factories
outside the centre of London.