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Oxford Tour

Date: 27/09/2015

Location: Oxford - Meet Entrance to Botanic Gardens 11 a.m.


Our walking Tour of Jewish Oxford will discover the unexpected and fascinating history and sites of Jewish Oxford. Find out how Jews were involved in founding Oxford's first fully constituted College in 1264. Visit the sites of the medieval Jewish cemeteries and a possible Jewish ritual bath (mikveh) as well. Tread on 'Dead Man's Walk', the path of Jewish funeral processions of antiquity. See the alleged 'Counting House of Jacob the Jew'. Find out the spot where Jews were forced to raise a penitential cross after a religious riot. Tour the major sites of the Medieval Jewish quarter on 'Great Jewry Street' and discover Oxford's famous medieval rabbis and writers. Hear how the Town Hall is built on confiscated Jewish property. See where Sir Isaiah Berlin's rooms were at All Souls College and discover how Oxford Jews have contributed to modern Town and Gown life. Finish your tour at England's first Coffee house, founded by a Jew in 1665.

Places of interest on the Tour Route*

• Merton College
• St Aldates or Great Jewry Street
• Moyses Hall
• The Houses of Moses ben Isaac, and David of Oxford
• Zacharias
• Sir Isaiah Berlin's Study
• The Botanic Gardens and Magdalen College
• Christ Church Meadow and Deadman's Walk
• Site of The Medieval Synagogue
• Site of Jacob's Hall
• Oxford Castle and the 'Jew's Mount'
• Balliol College, Basevi Building (1826)
• Jacob's Coffee Houses, High Street

The tour will be conducted at a sedate pace, with frequent stops, over largely level ground and will be suited to most walkers. It will last 1 hour and 45 minutes. Please ask for advice if you feel you may have any difficulties with the walk, or regarding access.

Booking: to book call Marcus Roberts. Tel: 0742 901896. Cost: £8 per person, under 11 years-old free. (The tour is dependant on a minimum group size).

* All inside visits in Oxford subject to availability on the day.

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