THE MIGRANTS – KATE MILSOM

Kate Milsom, The Migrants

Following the uprising in 1789, an ever increasing number of French aristocrats, clergymen and land owners whose properties had been confiscated sought refuge abroad. Britain became the commonplace destination in particular for those living in Brittany or Normandy. Although some of these émigrés settled and thrived within the Huguenot community or were hosted by fellow English noblemen, the majority were forced into areas like St. George’s Field, Southwark, where they lived and died in appalling conditions. Leaving a life of relative privilege behind, they were just as badly prepared for the journey…