Town House Spitalfields

Fiona Atkins opened her antiques, art and modern ceramics shop, Town House Spitalfields, in 2002, in the heart of some of London’s most beautiful Georgian architecture. The building in Fournier Street has a varied and interesting history, and most notably was home to Huguenot silk weavers who lived there until about 1820. The French Huguenot refugee community had come to London from France in the 1700’s, and their fortunes were closely linked to the silk weaving industry. The design of the houses often had large attic windows with tiny attached frames, which helped to let in maximum light for the master craftsmen. The house was then acquired by two doctors, (a father and son), who lived there for 50 years, until the 1870’s, and built what is now the rear gallery as their surgery. A succession of people and businesses followed until Fiona acquired the building in 2000. Fiona also owns and rents the apartment above her shop for those who would like to spend time staying in this period home, and exploring this historical area (further details here). The Shop Why did you open Town House Spitalfields? My parents were antique dealers and I went into partnership with them in … Continue reading Town House Spitalfields