Winchester’s important Jewish past has been thrown under the national spotlight after the unveiling of the statue of Licoricia, a prominent member of the city’s 13th century Jewish community.

She became a financier to Henry 111 and played a crucial role in the rebuilding of Westminster Abbey.

The Prince of Wales viewed the life-sized bronze statue outside The Arc in Jewry Street.

Licoricia had a sad end when in early 1277 she was found by her daughter Belia murdered inside her house in Jewry Street with her Christian servant. Three men were indicted for the murders, but none convicted, and the murders were never solved.

The earliest records of Jews in Winchester were the mid-1100s, making it one of the earliest, largest and wealthiest Jewish settlements in England.

Cllr Keith Mans, said: “It has been so uplifting to see people helping to write a new chapter in the city’s already rich royal history. It is particularly fitting that the Prince’s visit seeks to promote tolerance and diversity by highlighting the inspiring life story of an extraordinary medieval Jewish businesswoman. The statue of Licoricia has been a generous gift to Winchester.”

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