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I am very interested to learn about silk weavers in Bethnal Green. I have found various references to this occupation for members of my family (Garner) in late nineteenth century census returns. Like some of your other respondents, it is thought that my family is descended from Huguenote who settled in the Spitalfields area in the late seventeenth century. Most probably, we are descended from the Garnier family who came from the Loire Valley, France but finding documentary proof is very difficult!
I am also interested to find out where to obtain your book “London stories”
You should be able to get London Stories from publishers such as Amazon if you use them.The distributor is Central Books.It is interesting that you are finding references to the Garnier family as silk weavers in the late C19th.Much of the work had died out by then. As I demonstrated in the article Making History in Bethnal Green, however, there were still those who worked in the trade decades after it was supposed to have finished!.
Good luck with your research.
Have much enjoyed reading your article ‘An Exploration of the Sculptures…’ I’ve lived in Battersea over 40 years and give talks as part of the Heritage Tours series at Battersea Arts Centre; mine tells the fascinating and moving story of the Brown Dog Affair (local resident Peter Mason, author of the splendid ‘Brown Dog Affair’, came to one recently). Peter mentioned possibly organising walking tours in the area based on the story, and I’d love to come on one of yours too when available! I would like to be in direct email contact but can’t find an address! It would be great to support each other’s educational work. BTW, I discovered, through Peter’s book, that a relative of mine spoke at the unveiling of the Memorial in 1906! All good wishes…. Ian Mursell
Thanks for your email. When running walks etc I usually put them on the website. Interesting that your relative had been involved in the 1906 memorial.
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