Saturday 17th August at 11am at St Michael’s Tower, The Cross, Gloucester
Gloucester Civic Trust presents a talk on “The History of the Jewish Community in Gloucester and their legacy to the City”.
This is a story of murder, mystery, intrigue, feuding families and pawn broking in Gloucester. The talk is delivered by Ian Holt of Gloucester Civic Trust.
Ian Holt says “The story would make a great film. Gloucester once had a large Jewish Community based in Eastgate Street. Their community was accused of murder and theft by some very eminent Gloucester people of the day – some of which is quite unfounded”.
Ian takes us through the footsteps of time from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria and right up to the present day, following the plight of Gloucester’s Jewish community and to their final resting place – the Jewish cemetery at Coney Hill. Here many of the grave stones are still intact with their Hebrew inscriptions.
In 1938 the Jewish Community donated land to the people of Gloucester which even today is well used and provides a much needed city centre facility.
Come along and find out more about this fascinating period in Gloucester’s history.
Tickets cost £2 and are available at the Gloucester Tourist Information Centre and from St Michael’s Tower. All proceeds go towards the conservation of St Michael’s Tower which is a Grade 2* Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument dating back to 1465.
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