The Pre-Expulsion Cemetery of the Jews in London

THIS survey of the pre-expulsion cemetery of the Jews in London was undertaken because an opportunity presented itself, owing to the wartime bombing of the area, A to uncover a part of the site. The members of this Society contributed the funds for the excavation, which was led by Professor W. F. Grimes, C.B.E., F.S.A., then Director of the London Museum. The author gratefully acknowledges the help she has received from him, and also from the late Rev. Arthur Barnett, Mr. Lewis Edwards, Dr. V. D. Lipman, Dr. Cecil Roth, the late Mr. Wilfred S. Samuel, and the Clerk and Librarian of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

The primary records used for the survey fall into five groups. Firstly, there are the Goldsmiths’ manuscript deeds relating to the site.1 These go back to 1257-58 although the Company did not acquire the property until 1422. Secondly, there are the earlier Jewish

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