French Protestant Church of London
|French Protestant Church of London|
|Website||French Protestant Church of London|
|Founded||24 July 1550|
|Heritage designation||Grade II* Listed|
|Groundbreaking||28 October 1891|
|Completed||25 March 1893|
The French Protestant Church of London (Église protestante française de Londres) is a Reformed / Presbyterian church that caters to the French-speaking community of London since 1550. It is the last remaining Huguenot church of London. Its current temple in Soho Square is a Grade II* listed building designed by Aston Webb and erected in 1891–93.
At the request of the Huguenots of London, in 1560 John Calvin sent a trusted emissary from Geneva, pastor Nicolas des Gallars, to help provide the young congregation its Reformed theology and Presbyterian organisation.
In 1700, at the height of the French refugee population following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, 23 Huguenot places of worship existed in London. The Church's temple is the only one that is active today.
Stéphane Desmarais has been the pastor of the Church since 1 September 2013. He is the 72nd French-speaking pastor of the Church since 1550 and the 70th pastor appointed to this office since Nicolas des Gallars in 1560.
Notes and references
- Museum of London
- Charity Commission. The French Protestant Church of London, registered charity no. 1070623.
- Charity Commission. The French Huguenot Church of London Charitable Trust, registered charity no. 249017.
- Plate List of pastors in the temple, 8-9 Soho Square. The list is also given in Yves Jaulmes, p. 35-37, but it stops in 1991 with the appointment of Leila Hamrat, who was the first female pastor of the Church.
- Yves Jaulmes, The French Protestant Church of London and the Huguenots: from the Church's foundation to the present day, published by the French Protestant Church of London, 1993, 59 p. ISBN 0952120607.
- Manifesto, (or Declaration of Principles), of the French Protestant Church of London, Founded by Charter of Edward VI. 24th July, A.D. 1550. By Order of the Consistory. London, England: Messrs. Seeleys, 1850.
- The Economist, Changing Shadows: The many mansions in one east London house of God, 18 December 2003, https://www.economist.com/node/2281603
- Listing Entry by Historic England
- The French Protestant Church, British History Online