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.