The City of London
Marcus Roberts

Touring the Area

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Touring the Jewish sites of the City The City of London almost certainly has more history and heritage in its "square mile" than any other comparable place in the United Kingdom. As the main place of settlement for Jews through the last thousand years, it also has an exceptional range of sites and buildings associated with the whole span of Anglo-Jewish history. Most of the main sites of the medieval Jewry can be readily trace and the physical outline of the community can be easily detected in the streets adjoining the Guildhall. Further east the era of the resettlement of the Jews can be rehearsed, as the sites of the earliest synagogues can all be found, amongst the streets that were formerly largely a Jewish terrain. At the heart of this area, the "jewel in the crown" of Anglo-Jewish heritage, Bevis Marks synagogue, can be readily visited. As befits its long Jewish history, a variety of other sites of special Jewish significance can visited amongst the famous landmarks of the modern city. These sites can all be visited on foot and could be completed in a very full morning. It is recommended to start at the Museum of London, close to the site of the medieval cemetery and to work your way eastwards, through the medieval Jewry and then across to the area around Dukes Place and Bevis Marks. Those with less time or inclination to walk may find it better to use transport between Poultry and Bevis Marks. It may be noted that using your own car around the city is not to be recommended!
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