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Joce Batecocke, Exchequer of the Jews, 1256

Joce Batecock


The earliest reference to a “Battcock” is of Joce Batecock, a Jewish merchant in the 13th century.  Being a Jewish merchant in 13th century England was not particularly easy.  There was a steady growth of discrimination and persecution of Jews throughout the 13th century.  In 1217, Pope Innocent III had pass the law enforcing all Jews to wear an oblong white patch and in 1218 Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury brought it into operation in England.  Petitions were sent to the king to remove Jews from Newcastle in 1234, Wycombe in 1235 and Berkhamsted in 1242.  In 1255, there was the revival of the blood libel with a charge of ritual murder in Lincoln. Ninety-one Jews were sent to London to the Tower, eighteen were executed for refusal to plead, and the rest were imprisoned.  With the outbreak of the Baron’s war in 1264, the situation grew steadily worse. The Jewish communities of London, Canterbury, Northampton, Winchester, Cambridge and Lincoln were looted.

In 1267, the “Exchequer of the Jews” has a record of a court case involving a Joce Batecock.  The “Exchequer of the Jews” (Scaccarium Judaeorum) was a division of the Court of the Exchequer at Westminster, which recorded and regulated the taxes and the law-cases of the Jews in England.  It was not long after this court case when all Jews were expelled from England in 1290. 


August 30, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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