Concept    From 1600  To 1850

Spitalfields weaving industry

Categories: Commerce, Craft / Design

Many of the Huguenots that arrived here in the 16th and 17th centuries were skilled silk weavers and set up looms in their homes in Spitalfields. The Spitalfields textile trade thrived until the mid 18th century when the importation of foreign wrought silks damaged the local business. By the early 19th century machinery was being invented which heralded the end of the hand-weaving industry.

British History On-line has a very useful page. And, of course, Spitalfields Life, the source of our photo (held at the Tower Hamlets Local History Collection) is interesting on the topic.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Spitalfields weaving industry

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Bowler plaque - Shuttle and Bobbins

The plaque shows a shuttle and two bobbins, representing the local weaving tr...

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Bowler plaque - Silk Design (A)

The plaque shows a detail from a design for the silk fabric produced in Spita...

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Other Subjects

George Hay and Company

George Hay and Company

Chartered accountants and registered auditors. They are based at the same address as the plaque and presumably contributed to its erection.

Group, Commerce

1 memorial
David Viscount de Stern

David Viscount de Stern

Banker. Born in Frankfurt. Brother to Herman Stern, husband to Sophia and father of Edward and Sydney.  In 1869 the King of Portugal conferred the title of Viscount on him in recognition of the wor...

Person, Commerce, Germany, Portugal

2 memorials
Hayward Brothers ironmongery

Hayward Brothers ironmongery

The picture shows the original shop sign in situ - the camera position provides quite a surreal image.  From Glassian, the picture source: “The sign … which stood above the corner shop at Number 23...

Group, Commerce

1 memorial
Whitecross Street Market

Whitecross Street Market

One of London's oldest markets.  Started trading in 17th century and was known locally as "Squalors Market".  This information, on the plaque, comes from Wikipedia.  We can't add to it.

Place, Commerce

1 memorial