Immigration to Spitalfields
Spitalfields has experienced a number of waves of immigration from other countries, often driven from home due to difficult or dangerous conditions. The French Huguenots escaping religious persecution brought their silk weaving skills. Irish weavers arrived following the decline in the Irish linen industry. At the end of the 19th century Polish and Russian Jews came here fleeing pogroms. For almost 100 years Spitalfields was a predominantly Jewish area. Then in the 1970s the Bangladeshis arrived.
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