Talk examines the life of lesser-known Montefiore brother

Portrait of Abraham and Moses

A talk will be held next week looking at the life of the younger brother of Sir Moses Montefiore.

Abraham was the younger brother and business partner of Sir Moses but little is heard of his history. In the 1810s he bought a farm at Worth, near Crawley, in Sussex and built Worth Park House which is now being converted into a museum.

The talk is by Elizabeth Steven. She has carried out research on the life of Abraham and his descendants who lived at Worth Park. With information gathered from genealogy websites, newspaper archives and local Crawley and Worth knowledge, she has discovered new information about his life.

Sir Moses was born in 1784 and died in 1885, aged 100. He married Judith Cohen, sister-in-law of Nathan Meyer Rothschild; and that connection helped him to make his fortune before the age of 40. Montefiore then retired from the Stock Exchange in order to devote the rest of his long life to the interests of poor and oppressed fellow Jews.

In 1833 Sir Moses opened his own synagogue in Ramsgate, close to his country house. His house has long since disappeared; but his synagogue and the adjacent mausoleum in which he and his wife are buried still stand, carefully maintained by the trustees of his Endowment.

The talk will be held at the Comfort Inn, Victoria Parade, Ramsgate at 7pm on Wednesday (April 18). Tickets are available on the door at £5 for visitors and free for Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage members.