Temple Protestant De Loratoire Du Louvre

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Date: 6th June 2014

Once again a link to my sponsorship of the name of a French Pilot on the Wall of Remembrance at Capel le Ferne.

Because I didn’t think any of my immediate family were in the RAF in WWII, and because I knew my Maternal Grandmother’s name was Pettet, I chose to sponsor a French Pilot. This in turn has led me to investigating my French roots with enormous help from Rita Pettet whom I only met twelve years ago and who had done an enormous amount of research (before the Internet and Google) into the Pettet Ancestry. Rather like my research into René Mouchotte, this research has led me up all sorts of different very interesting paths.

I know I am of French descent but am not sure whether I’m Huguenot. However, I find fascinating the whole history of the Huguenots and their persecution and flight from France. I attend the Huguenot Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral and am now a member of the Huguenot Society.

A couple of years ago, whilst in Paris walking along the Rue Rivoli close to the Louvre I came across a huge statue which looked familiar. The memorial was to Admiral Gaspard de Coligny – the first martyr on the Eve of St. Bartholemew Massacre in Paris in 1572. I recognised it because we have a portrait of him in the Huguenot Chapel. It wasn’t possible to enter the Temple.

Before I went to Paris last week I made contact with the Secretary of the Eglise and asked if it were possible to pay a visit. Sadly renovations were ongoing and I couldn’t gain access but at least I’ve made contact so that, hopefully, next time I’m in Paris I might be able to see inside. I’d no idea how vast an edifice it was occupying the whole block and I understand that it has a thriving congregation. Wish I could say that about the Chapel at Canterbury. We have no pastor and such a small congregation I fear for the future existence of this historic place.

First of all the Walloons (fleeing from religious persecution in what is now Belgium) and then the Huguenots fleeing from France were given permission by Edward V1 to worship in the Western Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral which they filled to overflowing. Elizabeth I gave them the same freedom of religious worship and they continued attendance in the Crypt for hundreds of years until by 1895 the Congregation had so shrunk that the Dean and Chapter gave the Huguenots for their worship the Chantry Chapel of the Black Prince and services have been held there on a Sunday in French ever since.

The Statue of Gaspard is at the back of the Temple on the Rue Rivoli almost opposite the Louvre. This is the front of the building.


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