The home of Josce Le Jovene

In 1279, Josce and his son Aaron were ‘hanged for felony’. His crime was not specified, but during this period hundreds of Jews were being rounded up and apprehended at the Tower of London on the charge of of ‘coin clipping’ - namely trimming bits of silver from coins to create new money. While some Jews managed to escape by paying hefty fines or converting to Christianity, many faced severe sentences, including death.

Bonamy, Josce's son-in-law, inherited the majority of his business ventures and is regarded as the last affluent Jew in York. He also resided on Coney Street, although the precise location remains unknown.

Bonamy survived the expulsion, being granted a personal safe-conduct alongside his wife, children and household which secured ‘them a safe and speedy passage at moderate charges’.