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Hanbury Hall - blue oval plaque Hanbury Hall

Plaque: Hanbury Hall - blue oval plaque

Erection date: 2015


Hanbury Hall
Built 1719 as a French Huguenot Church. Used by La Patente Church 1740 onwards. John Wesley preached here. 1787 it became a German Lutheran Church. Used by the Baptists then the United Free Methodists. Charles Dickens gave public readings here. 1887 Christ Church bought the building as its Church Hall. 1888 Annie Besant and Eleanor Marx-Aveling held the matchstick girls strike meetings here which helped to establish the British Trade Unions. Throughout its life this hall has served Church, community and nation.

This plaque has a shortened version of the text on the old white plaque.

Site: Hanbury Hall (4 memorials)

E1, Hanbury Street, 22, Hanbury Community Centre

Below the oval blue plaque there is a foundation stone:
This stone was laid by Mr William Forster - superintendant
C. Mc.I North - Archt.
August 1864

The white plaque used to be just to the right of the foundation stone, under the windowsill.  This plaque was removed when the building was renovated in 2015.  It emerged with two new memorials: the tiles and the blue oval.  We thank our colleague Alan for these photos.

The pavement plaque is immediately outside the entrance.

From Spitalfields Life:"The Hanbury Hall in Hanbury St was built in 1719 as a Huguenot Church, standing back from the road behind a courtyard with a pump. The building was extended in 1864 and is now the church hall for Christ Church, Spitalfields."

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Hanbury Hall - blue oval plaque

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Matchgirls' strike

A strike of the women and teenage girls working at the Bryant and May Factory...

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German Lutheran church in Hanbury Street

Occupied the building until sometime between 1818 and 1828.

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The Huguenots

French Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries. The name emerged in 1560 b...

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La Patente church

In 1740 this French Hugeonot church moved into the building in Hanbury Street...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Hanbury Hall - blue oval plaque

Information Also at this site

Bowler plaque - Match Girls

The plaque punningly represents "match girls" - very nice. Hanbury Hall is wh...

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Hanbury Hall - tiled plaque

These 20 Delft tiles are decorated with scenes and symbols important in Hugue...

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Hanbury Hall - white plaque - removed

Christ Church Hall Built in 1719 as a French Hugeonot {sic} church it stood b...

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