Jews started to come into England after the Norman Conquest. The first record of a Jewish presence in Exeter was in 1177, when a law was passed granting them a cemetery outside the city walls. The need for a cemetery indciates that the community had already been there for some time.

Thus was founded Exeter’s first religious minority community.

A synagogue was established at some point: unfortunately we don’t know where the burial ground or the synagogue were.

For more information, see Helen Fry’s book ‘The Jews of Exeter’ or the Exeter synagogue website.

The picture is from the margin of a document held in the British Library, and shows Jews who are forced to wear a yellow badge