Subject: Re: First Jews in England #general
"Evertjan Hannivoort wroteDavid, the fact they were kicked out strengthens my thesis in that the
1702 sephardim where not the first.
Why do you think that before the fimal kick-out of 1395 they had no
synagogues? Only because of lack of evidence?
snip<I made no comment or suggestion about places of worship in England/Britain
pre-1702. In James Joyce's Ulysses he comments that there were no Jews in
Ireland but this was not true. In the total absence of any documentary
evidence covering the three hundred years after expulsion, one must assume
that all praying by Jews was in private houses or that places of worship
were destroyed. Reference to the remains of a medieval synagogue in
Canterbury can be found at www.spiroark.org/chatam_rochester_sheerness.htm.
and there are books covering mediaeval England and Jews. There were probably
Jews in England between 1400 and 1700 but they would have kept a very low
profile or, even, integrated into Christianity.
My point about Bevis Marks is that they hold full records of marriages over
the last 300 years but you need to be a Sephardi to stand any chance of