Darlington Hebrew Congregation

Darlington, County Durham




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Town of Darlington

The town of Darlington, in the North East of England, has a population of about 100,000 and is in the county borough of Darlington, a unitary authority since 1997.  Prior to then, Darlington was a district of County Durham. The present boundaries were formed in 1974 by the merger of the old borough of Darlington and the rural district of Darlington.  It lies on the river Skerne near the confluence with the river Tees. The world's first railway line, opened in 1825, ran from Darlington to Stockton.

Darlington Jewish Community

The town had a Jewish congregation as far back as 1865. It dwindled as several families saw no prospect of there being a larger Jewish population and making a congregation, so they left. In 1894, the Board of Deputies cancelled the congregation's right to maintain a Marriage Register "owing to the decay of the congregation". The Jewish community began to increase again at the end of the nineteenth century and the present congregation, the Darlington Hebrew Congregation, dates back to 1904.

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The records in the database associated with Darlington include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Darlington during the 1810s (1 record); 1830s (1 record), 1850s (7 records), 1900s (1 record) and 1910s (1 record).

Congregation Data


Darlington Hebrew Congregation


13 Bloomfield Road, Darlington

Former Address:

9 Victoria Road, Darlington (from early 1930's) and prior thereto, Prospect Chambers, Bondgate, Darlington

Current Status:


Date Opened:



Reform, although originally orthodox


Associated Community with of the Movement for Reform Judaism (formerly the Reform Synagogues of Great Britain)


http://www.darlingtonhebrewcongregation.org.uk (which includes certain historical and genealogical information on the congregation.) 

Marriage Certification:

Group: WLS (West London Synagogue).
Registration District: Darlington (since 1 July 1837).

Cemetery Information:

The congregation has its own consecrated areas in the local municipal cemetery - West Cemetery, Carmel Road North, Darlington. There are two sections, an "Old Section" dating from 1922 and a "New Section" dating from 1957. (See also IAJGS Cemetery Project and the Congregation's website)

Articles on the Darlington Jewish Community

Press Reports regarding the Darlington Jewish Community 1871-1909

Press Reports regarding the Darlington Jewish Community 1910-1939

Earliest-Known Jewish Inhabitants

1841 Census
HO107/303/25/8 Page 11     Archer Street, Darlington, Durham




Trav. Jeweller
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Reputed first Jewish child born in Darlington

Samuel Briski, June quarter Darlington 10a 17.  Brit Milah 23 March 1872. Father Jacob. Source: Arnold Levy, History of the Sunderland Jewish Community, 1755-1955, 1955, p. 293.

Jewish Population Data


1881  -  29 (source)


1909  -  86 (source)


1919  -  89 (source)


1934  -  82 (source)


1946  -  98 (source)


1955  - 195 (source)


1990  -  80 (source)


2004  -  40 (source)


Jewish Congregations in County Durham

Jewish Communities of England home page

List of Movement for Reform Judaism Congregations

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