Lin­coln’s arch her­itage

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL EASTERMAN

A 15-FOOT arch cel­e­brat­ing Lin­coln’s medieval Jewish her­itage is set to be in­stalled at the en­trance to the city’s medieval Cathe­dral Quar­ter.

The wrought-iron struc­ture fea­tures the Star of David promi­nently and in­cludes de­tails de­pict­ing the life of Jewish traders dur­ing the Mid­dle Ages.

It will be fixed over The Strait, a street in the old­est part of the city, af­ter the coun­cil granted plan­ning per­mis­sion.

John Ship­ton was a mem­ber of the group of lo­cal traders be­hind the project. “We wanted to do some­thing which would re­mind the peo­ple of Lin­coln that there was once a thriv­ing Jewish com­mu­nity here,” he said.

In the late 12th-cen­tury, Lin­coln was the sec­ond most im­por­tant cen­tre of Jewish life af­ter Lon­don in terms of both its fi­nan­cial im­pact and pop­u­la­tion.

The com­mu­nity was ex­pelled in 1290 af­ter a se­ries of blood-li­bel al­le­ga­tions and pogroms.

In 1992, a sy­n­a­gogue was founded with ser­vices tak­ing place once a month at the historic Jews’ Court build­ing.

Mr Ship­ton said: “The arch is cur­rently be­ing made. We hope it will be in pos­tion by De­cem­ber.”

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