Foundation volunteer Joe Abrams had undertaken research work on the medieval Jewish community of King’s Lynn in Norfolk, England. The story of this community had been largely forgotten and, in bringing its story to the fore, the Foundation had proposed placing a commemorative plaque on the former ‘Jews Lane’, now Surrey Street, where the community had mainly settled.
The King's Lynn Civic Society was able to secure a grant from Historic England which resulted in a total of 12 new plaques being situated around the town, included a Jews Lane one. In addition, there is an online heritage trail, which locates and explains a number of important lost religious sites in the town.
Alison Gifford, Chair of the King's Lynn Civic Society, remarked that the Society was pleased that the life and contribution of the medieval Jewish community in the town was being acknowledged in the area with which it was most closely associated.
Michael Mail, Foundation Chief Executive, commented that he was delighted that there was now this recognition of a community that had once lived in King’s Lynn for centuries and whose existence had been so tragically ended.
Joe’s report presenting the conclusions of his study can be found below