About Jew's House
The Jew's House is one of the earliest extant town houses in England. It is situated on Steep Hill in Lincoln, immediately below Jew's Court. The house has traditionally been associated with the thriving Jewish community in Medieval Lincoln. Antisemitic hysteria was stoked by a notorious 1255 blood libel falsely alleging the murder that a child, called Little Saint Hugh of Lincoln, was ritually killed by Jews. In 1290, the entire Jewish community was expelled from England, and the Jew's House is said to have been seized from a Jewish owner. The building has remained continuously occupied to the present day. Since about 1973 it has been used as a restaurant; before that it was an antiques shop.