A wonderful blog post about the Secret Gardens of Spitalfields
I love walking around Spitalfields in East London, along its cobbled streets admiring the wonderful Georgian terraced houses, so when I read about the opportunity to visit some of these houses’ hidden gardens, I just had to make the journey!
These few remaining streets of Georgian townhouses are all that are left after widespread demolition in the 1960s and 1970s. Originally they were the homes of silk merchants and weavers, many of them of Huguenot origin, who fled their homelands due to religious persecution.
Typically the houses had four storeys and a garret. The ground floor was traditionally used for business purposes, with the kitchens and servants accommodated in the basement.
A bobbin hangs outside a house…a lasting reminder of its silk weaving former occupants
An example of Spitalfields Silk…detail of a Court dress in the Museum of London
The upper floors provided the living quarters and have high ceilings. On the top floor, the garret rooms where the weavers worked, feature large…
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