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The way we were—Britain and Refugees

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Jonathan Derbyshire   October 2015

A migrant runs after crossing a fence as he attempts to access the Channel Tunnel, in Calais. © AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

In 1550, Edward VI granted Huguenot refugees freedom to worship. They took over the French church in London’s Threadneedle Street. Attending a service there with his French wife, Samuel Peyps writes in his diary for 30th November 1662:

“Dined alone with my wife to-day with great content, my…

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