The Jews of Barnstaple and Bideford

in European Judaism
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  • 1 University College London
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The towns of Barnstaple and Bideford in North Devon (England) have had a continuous small Jewish presence from the 1760s until the present day, however they have not always had a worshipping Jewish community. For a period of some fifty to sixty years from the 1760s, a rudimentary community was formed in Barnstaple with virtually nothing so far written or known about it. This is a reconstruction, in so far as is possible from the limited documentary evidence available, of the lives and genealogical connections of these families and their subsequent links to other south-west Jewish communities.