Falmouth Jewish Congregation

& Jewish Community

Falmouth, Cornwall




Page created: 6 October 2005
Latest revision or update: 3 August 2014

Town of Falmouth

Falmouth, a port on the south coast of Cornwall in southwest England, has a population of about 20,000.

It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it was merged with neighbouring localities to form the local government (non-metropolitan) district of Carrick. In April 2009, the district of Carrick and all other local government districts in Cornwall were abolished, and Cornwall became a unitary authority.

The Falmouth Jewish Community

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The records in the database associated with Falmouth include:


1851 Falmouth (34 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Falmouth or Helston (9 miles to the southwest) during the 1770s (4 records), 1800s (17 records), 1810s (10 records); 1820s (14 records), 1830s (18 records), 1840s (27 records), 1850s (31 records), 1860s (1 record), 1870s (1 record), 1880s (1 record).


Congregation Data

The following was the Jewish congregation to have existed in Falmouth:


Falmouth Jewish Congregation


Synagogue built in Gyllyng Street / Smithick Hall in 1806. also referred to as East End Meeting House, Cape Cod

Current Status:

Closed about 1880

Date Founded:

Community established by Moses Alexander in 1740.


Askenazi Orthodox

Falmouth Synagogue
Tim Green

On-Line Articles and Lists relating to the Falmouth Jewish Community

Falmouth from "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain"  - Papers for a conference at University College, London, convened by the Jewish Historical Society of Great Britain, prepared by Aubrey Newman - 6th July 1975.  Reproduced here with his kind consent.

The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Falmouth by Cecil Roth, 1950. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

The Jews of South-East England. Rabbi Bernard Susser's 1977 University of Exeter thesis for his PhD degree. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Tombstone Inscriptions at Falmouth Jewish Cemetery, transcribed by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser (a section of Rabbi Susser's "Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in S. W. England - Studies in Anglo-Jewish History No. 3", which includes an Introduction that also makes reference to Falmouth). Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Cornwall by Joseph Jacobs, c 1906.

Other Falmouth Jewish Information

Jewish Congregations in Cornwall

Jewish Communities of England home page

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