REPORT OF THE SUB-COMMITTEE ON MOYSE’S HALL. APPOINTED BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ENGLAND

We have considered the evidence brought before us by Mr. Gollancz and Mr. Haes on the question of the early history of Moyse’s Hall in Bury St. Edmunds.

We find that the belief, maintained by Mr. Gollancz, that this building was once the residence of a Jew, or the synagogue of a Jewish community, rests entirely on the statement, made by various anti? quaries, that there was a local tradition to that effect. We have had before us nothing to show whether this tradition was ever generally current in the neighbourhood, and if so, to what period it can be traced. So far as we can ascertain, it first appears in print in Dugdale’s Monasticon Anglicanum,1 a work of which the publication was begun in the year 1655, i.e. 465 years after the expulsion of the Jews from Bury St. Edmunds, 365 years after their expulsion from England, and 181

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C. TRICE MARTIN, B. LIONEL ABRAHAMS, ASHER I. MYERS

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