The home of Aaron of York and Henna

In 1236, Aaron assumed the position of arch-presbyter of the English Jews, a role appointed by the Crown to oversee the financial administration of the Jewry, particularly in matters of taxation.

However, his tenure was marred by increasing financial demands imposed by the Crown, which greatly strained his wealth. While the arch-presbyter normally held the position for life, Aaron was replaced in 1243. Humiliatingly in 1246, his financial decline meant he was compelled to sell his highly desirable London property, and by 1255 Aaron was bankrupt.

Following Aaron's death in the 1260s, the Jewish community in London acquired this house to ensure that his widow, Henna, and their children could continue living there and to safeguard the synagogue.

Even after Aaron’s death, Henna continued to make grants and manage her late husband's business, striving to shield it from the increasingly harsh taxation and regulations imposed by the Crown.