Community Histories

The Minority Communities of London

The make-up of London's population changed and changed again during the course of the two and a half centuries after 1674. European Protestant refugees, blacks discharged from the armies of a growing empire, and Jews from Spain and Eastern Europe, Irish men and women, Lascars and political refugees from the revolutions of the nineteenth century contributed to the ragout of communities that made up this world city. Information about all these communities, and several more besides, can be found in the Proceedings.

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A group of men standing at the quayside examine a variety of goods stamped with the East India company mark Detail from Samuel Scott, 'A Thames-side Quay' (c.1757). Victoria and Albert Museum

Black Communities
Patterns of Migration, Employment, Housing and Communities, Legal Contexts, Search Strategies.

Gypsies and Travellers
Communities and Histories, Stereotypes and Reactions, Legal Contexts, Search Strategies.

Legal Context, Prosecutions, Cultures of Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Search Strategies.

Irish London
Patterns of Migration, Employment, Housing and Communities, Legal Contexts and Trials, Search Strategies.

Jewish Communities
Sephardim, Ashkenazi, Legal Context, Search Strategies.

Huguenot and French London
Migration, Welcome and Assimilation, Silk Watches and Money, Legal Contexts, Search Strategies.

Chinese Communities
Patterns of Migration, Employment, Housing, Legal Contexts, Search Strategies.

Guide to unfamiliar terms.

OBPO Bibliography
A comprehensive bibliography of publications related to the Proceedings.