With inexhaustible energy he promoted the legal proceedings over the riot in St George's Fields, when a youth named Allen was killed, and exposed the irregularity in the judge's order for the execution of two Spitalfields weavers.
The working population is employed in the making of match-boxes, boot-making, cabinet-making and other industries; but was formerly largely devoted to silkweaving, which spread over the district from its centre in Spitalfields (see Stepney).
Silk-weaving is still carried on in the district of Spitalfields (see STE Pney).
Spitalfields Market (fruit, vegetables and flowers).
At Spitalfields crowds used to congregate on Easter Monday and Tuesday to hear the Spital sermons preached from the pulpit cross.
The silk manufactories at Spitalfields were then established.
Her dress was of Spitalfields silk; her veil of Honiton lace; her ribbons came from Coventry; even her gloves had been made in London of English kid - a novel thing in days when the French had a monopoly in the finer kinds of gloves.
The bulk of the French Protestant weavers settled at Spitalfields, London - an incorporation of silk workers having been there formed in 5629.
In like manner the manufacture of silk fabrics in the districts of Manchester, Middleton, Macclesfield, London (Spitalfields) and Nottingham (for silk lace) has decreased proportionately.
JOHN DOLLOND (1706-1761), English optician, was the son of a Huguenot refugee, a silk-weaver at Spitalfields,' London, where he was born on the 10th of June 1706.
SPITALFIELDS, a district of London, England, in the western part of the metropolitan borough of Stepney.
In Spitalfields gangs of thieves stood at the street corners and openly rifled all who came near.