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Paul Bommer’s Huguenot Plaque

May 14, 2020
by the gentle author

People often stand and gaze in wonder at the beautiful Huguenot Plaque of twenty Delft tiles designed by Artist Paul Bommer on Hanbury Hall in Hanbury St, which was originally built as a Huguenot Chapel in 1719. The plaque was commissioned by the Huguenots of Spitalfields and the tiles tell the story of Britain’s first refugees.

Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Christ Church, Spitalfields

Méreau with a chalice

La Neuve Eglise – now Brick Lane Mosque

Méreau showing the Lamb of God

Méreau showing the Dove of Peace, Shield with Cross of Lorraine & Swan

1598 – Edict of Nantes when Henry IV granted rights to Huguenots

Anna Maria Garthwaite, designer of Spitalfields Silk

1685 – Revocation of the Edict of Nantes which forced Huguenots to flee persecution

Fleur de Lys, méreau with crucifix and hare

Huguenot Silversmiths

Horticulture in Spitalfields

Psalms 9:9 – “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble…”

Horticulture in Spitalfields

Huguenot Clockmakers

Spitalfields Silk Merchant

Méreau with a cross, a silk bobbin and an oak symbolising Strength & Fidelity

The Huguenot Cross

Méreau with crest of France, canary and oak symbolising Strength & Fidelity

Protestant preaching at La Neuve Eglise

Paul Bommer’s Huguenot plaque on the Hanbury Hall, Hanbury St

Images copyright © Paul Bommer


You may also like to take a look at

Paul Bommer’s Delft Tiles

More of Paul Bommer’s Delft Tiles

Even More of Paul Bommer’s Delft Tiles

and also read about

Simon Pettet’s Tiles at Dennis Severs’ House

A Fireplace in Fournier St

John Moyr Smith’s Tiles

9 Responses leave one →
  1. May 14, 2020

    Wonderful work. It is a complete joy to see these: thank you for sharing them. I love the gentleman tending his garden.

  2. Richard Smith permalink
    May 14, 2020

    The plaque is truly an amazing and attractive piece of work. One thing I’ve noticed though is that the angels appear to have more than a passing resemblance to Donald Trump. Maybe I am seeing him everywhere, what do you think GA?

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    May 14, 2020

    These are delightful and charming, and full of appropriate Huguenot imagery.

    I’m feeling inspired to do Delft style Christmas cards next year.

  4. Richard Smith permalink
    May 14, 2020

    The plaque is an attractive illustration of the life of the Huguenots and I can see why many people stop to look. Just one strikes me though GA why do the angels bear a passing resemblance to Donald Trump? Maybe it’s my imagination.

  5. Juliet O'Neill permalink
    May 14, 2020

    My maiden name is Playle. Many Playles ended up in the East End from late C19 onwards, but they came originally from a small corner of Essex ( Tiptree, Kelvedon area). I believe the first Huguenots arrived in Colchester in around 1565, and I was always told that the name Playle had Huguenot origins.
    Can anyone shed any light on this ?

  6. May 14, 2020

    I am a fan of Paul Bommer’s work, and always enjoy the BOLDness of his work. But his brushwork on these beautiful tiles provides another glimpse of his talents — Now, WHY was I surprised that this gifted man could “do it all”?

    Your region is chock-full of talent — thank you for sharing it with us.
    Stay safe, all.

  7. May 14, 2020

    Utterly charming

  8. Michael Hardie permalink
    May 14, 2020

    Got married in Hanbury Hall in 1963 when it was the temporary church

  9. January 6, 2023

    Finally located Charles Chancy, oldest known relative in the US, having come over with 179 others on a Round Robin, “Persons of Quality” writ signed by King Charles I of England. Charlie never could fund the ship, so the immigrants found another way between 1621 – 1624. If anyone knows any details about this group of immigrants, please respond here.

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