The French Hospital in England by Tessa Murdoch & Randolph Vigne



Discover the story of The French Hospital, founded to support poor Huguenot refugees in 1718 and still in existence today. It’s an extraordinary story of resilience and reinvention as it moved from Old Street, Finsbury to Victoria Park, Hackney in the 19th century to Rochester High Street, after a brief interlude in rural Sussex. Written by two experts in the fields of Huguenot history, art and decorative art, the book is copiously illustrated with images of objects from The French Hospital’s collection, many of which are now on display at the Huguenot Museum.

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“This richly illustrated account will appeal to a wide audience including social and art historians and all who are interested in Huguenot heritage”.

This first account of the history of The French Hospital and its collections takes the reader through the days of the refuge in the first La Providence, off Old Street, London, through its near-century in the green fields of Hackney, two World Wars, and its expropriation in the overcrowded post-war borough, then an interlude in rural Sussex and the move to Rochester in 1965.The personalities, achievements and the contemporary social scene are brought to life in this 292-year story.

More than a hundred new photographs featuring the museum’s collections of paintings, engravings, silver, furniture and memorabilia provide a unique visual record.

128 pp. ~ 145 illustrations

11 5/8 × 8 5/8 in. (296 × 220 mm).

Paperback edition: £18.50+ £3 postage and packaging (UK)

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Weight 0.9 kg