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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Albemarle Graphics Limited

Albemarle Graphics Limited

Sign and digital printing company.

Group, Commerce, Craft / Design

1 memorial
Devil Tavern

Devil Tavern

2, Fleet Street. Demolished 1787. Full title was the Devil and St Dunstan, the sign being the Devil's nose being tweaked by pincers wielded by the saint. It appears in a Hogarth illustration. T...

Building, Commerce, Community / Clubs, Food & Drink

1 memorial
D'Oyly Carte family

D'Oyly Carte family

Richard D'Oyly Carte founded the business. Married Helen. Their son Rupert inherited the business and passed it on to his daughter, Bridget.

Group, Commerce, Music / songs, Theatre

1 memorial
Sir John Lubbock

Sir John Lubbock

Banker, politician and scientific writer. Born at 29 Eaton Place. He went into his father's banking business at the age of 14 and became a partner in 1856. Entered parliament in 1870, and succeeded...

Person, Commerce, Politics & Administration, Science

1 memorial