The Welcome Stranger: Dutch, Walloon And Huguenot Incomers To Norwich 1550–1750
The ‘Strangers’ was the name given in Norwich to the many incomers to the city from Europe (especially the Low Countries and northern France) in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. At one time they made up more than a quarter of the population, and they had a great effect on the city’s industry, trade and public life. The way in which the city and its residents coped with this massive influx is not just historically important, but has obvious relevance and parallels today. Many people today in Norwich and Norfolk, and well beyond, have ‘Stranger’ ancestors, and their influence is also apparent in the close links today between Norwich and the Netherlands.
This is the first detailed study of Norwich’s strangers, looking at where they came from, when they arrived, how they lived in Norwich and how they integrated with the native population. It discusses their work, their homes, their leisure activities, their health, and where they worshipped, were christened, married and buried. It includes information on many specific individuals and families, some of them well known even today, and others long forgotten.