The Jewry Wall is one of the last remaining Roman ruins in Britain situated in between the St. Nicholas Church to the east, De Montfort University to the south and the River Soar to the west. There is also a museum dedicated to the ruins right next door. It dates as far back as the 2nd c. AD, and the specific function of the building has not been agreed on. Some speculations suggest that it was a temple or basilica, part of a public bath, and a town gate despite nothing in the structure suggesting the latter. It has survived the wind and the rain very well, where it covers quite a large area. It is approximately 75 feet long, 26 feet high and 8 feet thick.
There is also controversy about the origins of the name. It is speculated to be related to the 24 Jurats of early medieval Leicester. This was the title given to the members of the Corporation of Leicester who had met nearby in the St. Nicholas Church’s yard. However there is also the interpretation that the medieval folks believed that mysterious objects in the forms of ruins were attributed to the Jews.
To visit the Jewry Wall and Museum head east on the A47 until it ends at a roundabout. Enter the roundabout and you will see the Jewry Wall on the left after the first exit. The nearest car parking facilities are available at St. Nicholas Circle, the Holiday inn.
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Did you know the bricks of the wall are different bands of Roman brick and coarse masonry made from local granite, limestone and sandstone?