The Old Jewish Ghetto (Cheetham Hill Trail):
Next tour: Thursday 19 August 2021, 11.30am.
Meet: Victoria Station wallmap.
Ends: At the newly reopened Jewish museum.
Booking: Please press here to book with Eventbrite.
Manchester’s Jewish community first appeared in numbers in the late 18th century around the parish church (!).
Well, that was the old town, where people lived.
Gradually Manchester Jews began to move north, first to Strangeways (the area, not the prison, you schmerel), then Cheetham Hill, Hightown, Prestwich and eventually Whitefield.
Only London has a bigger Jewish population in Britain than Manchester. But only Manchester has a Torah Street (with its own bacon-curing factory; really!) and a prison built like a mosque in the heart of the ghetto. And that’s apart from a history embracing that rogue Robert Maxwell, the rich-beyond-rich Nathan Meyer Rothschild, and the rabidly irreligious Karl Marx – all Yiddisher fellers.