A Survey of the Jewish Institutional History of Liverpool and District

In order to obtain a perspective of the Jewish history of Liverpool and District, it is desirable to glance at the general history of the locality. Liverpool was granted its charter as far back as the reign of King John, but it is, in reality, an essentially modern city. The Jewish history of the district, so far as an organised entity can be traced, dates from approximately 1750, and this date coincides with the movement towards the city’s present status, as one of the greatest of the country.

Through the quiet centuries before the industrial revolution a small scattered population won a poor livelihood from agricultural pursuits and a little fishing … Its own burgesses described it to Elizabeth as “Her Majesty’s poor decayed town.” But it was gradually re? quiring some significance as the port of arrival and departure for Ireland, and early in the 16th century, wool was

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