Richmond & South West London
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In reality Judith Levy moved out of Well Close Square after these events and having inherited her husband's wealth went to live in the highly fashionable Abemarle Street, which had a large aristocratic population. It was at this point that she brought her place in Richmond. Her surviving son, Benjamin, had also died tragically at the age of 22.

Judith Levy contributed to local charitable needs as well as £4,000 towards the rebuilding of the Dukes Place synagogue that her father had founded. She lived to the considerable age of 96. In her later years she was suspicious of the motives of those around her and despite her financial expertise Judith Levy died intestate. It seems that in part this accrued as she was unsure of how to make her will as well as to the worthiness of its potential recipients.

As an intriguing footnote, John Adolphus a relative of Judith, was introduced to her in her last years. While in the West Indies he had encountered a fortune teller who had predicted specifically that he would meet someone who could make him very rich but that he should not let pride or bashfulness prevent him from taking the necessary steps to gain it. In particular she counselled him that "...if she asks you to make her will, don't refuse, or avoid the request, but do it at once."

Later Adolphus was introduced to Judith Levy and she held the young man in high regard and frequently asked him as to whether she could make a will with a little assistance. She also protested the selfishness of those who surrounded her. Adolphus failed to act, probably from pride, and Judith thus passed away without any directives to the disposal of her fortune.

Apparently the Levy estate remains unclaimed even today.

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