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Manchester, Synagogue, Cheetham Hill Road

The small Jewish population in medieval Britain was expelled by Edward I. The oldest remaining synagogues date from the end of the 17th century, after Cromwell lifted the ban; many more were built in the later 19th century, after the arrival of refugee Ashkenazi Jews from Eastern Europe. 20th century immigration has led to the establishment of places of worship for other faiths, at first in converted buildings, but increasingly in purpose built complexes also serving as cultural centres and schools for their religious communities. Temples for Hindus and Buddhists, and Mosques for followers of Islam are now to be found in many large towns