Jewish settlements in Medieval England

Historian feature

Published: 3rd February 2023

The Jewish communities of medieval England lived in towns and cities directly connected to the crown, usually with a castle close at hand for protection. Due to the religious needs of the community, Jewish families stayed close to the key requirements of synagogue and butcher. However, they would live side by side with their Christian neighbours and sometimes on land owned by the church. Small towns such as Bungay in Suffolk or Wycombe in Buckinghamshire had a Jewish community due to the trade links of the place at that time, a function that has long since been taken over by other towns and ports in those regions.

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