GLOBAL ROOTS OF THE
ST ALBANS JEWISH COMMUNITY
Many Jewish people in St Albans are from families who came to Britain as refugees; others were born here. These maps show where some of their family stories come from.
Some trace their families back to the 1600s when Oliver Cromwell allowed Jewish people to live in England, following expulsion by Edward I in the 1200s. Some fled persecution, or pogroms, in Russia in the late 1800s or in Nazi Germany during the Holocaust.
Census records show Jewish people living in Fleetville, St Albans, in the early 1900s. Many came to work in the Nicholson raincoat factory in Sutton Road. In the 1930s several Jewish families moved to St Albans from London, and soon after established the first synagogue here.