Jews' Court, Lincoln
Jews' Court is the oldest synagogue in the British Isles. A Norman building on Steep Hill in Lincoln, immediately above Jew's House, it is dated to between 1150 and 1180. It is "probably the only standing medieval synagogue in England" and is a Grade I listed building.
The building is thought to have been used as a synagogue until the expulsion of the entire Jewish community from England in 1290. A niche on the eastern wall currently used as an ark may date from this period.
The building is now owned by the Jews’ Court Trust.
In 1992, Jewish services were restarted in the building and still continue; the remainder of the building operates as a bookshop and as the headquarters of the Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology.
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