- The Jewry
- The Jews' quarter in the City.Described as "Judaismo" in the Ward of William de Hadestok, 3 Ed. I. (Rot. Hund. I. 405).The Ward of Wm. de Hadestok has been identified as Tower Ward, but the Jewry seems to have been a place within the Liberties of the Tower, but outside Tower Ward. No attachments in the Jewry for murders, etc., were made by the Sheriffs because it belonged to the Constable of the Tower (Strype, ed. 1720, I. ii. 32).The custody of the Tower was given to Hugh Gifford 20 H. III. 1236, with all the rights belonging to it of the Jewry, etc. (Cal. Pat. Rolls, H. III. 1232-47).,Judaisma' Lond. in the king's hand, 3 Ed. I. (Rot. Hund. I. 403)."Vico judeorum in Warda Haconis" mentioned in list of lands in London belonging to St. Paul's, c. 1115-30 (MSS. D. and C. Liber. L. ff. 47-50). This was the Old Jewry.Jornin Sacrel, a Jew, held property in the parish of St. Olave in Old Jewry, afterwards given by King Edward I. to Benedict de Shordych (Ct. H.W. I. 531).All the entries relating to the Jewry are of early date, and it would seem that the Jews not only had quarters in and around the present Old Jewry, but also further east in and about the present Jewry Street, Aldgate, as well as within the precincts of the Tower Liberties and St. Katherine's. They do not seem to have re-established themselves in the western quarter after they were banished from the land by Edward I., but upon their return to have congregated more in the eastern districts, as at the present time.
A Dictionary of London. Henry A Harben. 1918.