Bevis Marks Synagogue

City of London, London E.C.3.




Page created: 17 March 2003
Latest revision or update: 4 June 2017


Gates to the Court Yard of
the Bevis Marks Synagogue

David Shulman 2007
Courtyard of the Bevis Marks Synagogue
following wedding in September 2007

David Shulman 2007


Congregation Data


Bevis Marks Synagogue

Official Name:

Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation


Bevis Marks, London EC3A 5DQ

(Location: Bevis Marks (400 feet long), in the City of London, is the continuation of  Dukes Place leading to St Mary Axe, running parallel with Houndsditch (to the northeast).)

Current Status:


Date Founded:

1701 (although was successor to Synagogue in Creechurch Lane founded in 1657)


Sephardi Orthodox


Bevis Marks Synagogue is constituent of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation

The other synagogues which comprise the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation are:
    the Lauderdale Road Synagogue;
    the Wembley Sephardi Synagogue;
    the Rambam Synagogue, Elstree & Borehamwood;
    the Montefiore Synagogue, Ramsgate.

In addition, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Holland Park, was established under a Deed of Association with the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation.

The former Sephardi Synagogue in Bryanston Road, formerly in Wigmore Street, W1, was a branch congregation of Bevis Marks.

Listed Buildings:

The synagogue building (built 1699-99 - architect Joseph Avis) is a Grade 1 Listed Building.

The Congregation's Mile End Velho Cemetery (no longer in use) at 253 Mile End Road, London E1 (opened 1657.) is Listed Grade II.



Local Government Districts:

Bevis Marks is in the Aldgate Ward of the City of London, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Until the abolition in 1908 of civil parishes in the City, it was in the parish of St. Katherine Cree.

Registration District:

Since 1 July 1837 - City of London


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The records in the database specifically associated with the Spanish & Portuguese Jews congregations include:


1836 - 1901 (1,253 records).


Hoop Lane Cemetery, Golders Green (424 records);
Novo Cemetery, Mile End, 1733-1918 (10,732 records).

For a list of other London records in the Database that may also include records associated with this congregation, click here.

Other Congregation Information

  • Congregation History:

  • Archives:

    Material Deposited with the London Metropolitan Archives.

    This includes:

    • records relating to the governance and administration of the Congregation including ascamot (laws) of the Congregation and minutes for the Mahamad (Executive), Elders and Yehidim (Congregation);

    • service registers covering births (17671882), circumcisions (171585, 180325, 185569), ketubot (marriages contracts, 16901795) and burials (16571935);

    • property and legal papers; financial records; some records for the Lauderdale Road and Mildmay Park Synagogue;

    • personal papers and family records from members of the Congregation; and
    • some material relating to Sephardic congregations in Barbados, Bordeaux, Amsterdam, Venice and Germany.

The records in this collection can only be accessed with prior written permission from the Congregation, which can be obtained from the Honorary Archivist and Chief Executive of the Congregation.

  • Bibliography::

    • First London Synagogue of the Resettlement. Samuel, W.S. & Castello, M.N., J. Transactions - Jewish Historical Society of England X 1921/3

    • Bevis Marks in History. Goodman, P 1934 Oxford University Press

    • Bevis Marks Records I, II & III. Barnett, R.D. and Whitehill, G.H. 1940 London

    • The Laws and Charities of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews Congregation of London. Laski, N. 1952 Cresset Press.

    • Correspondence of the Mahammad of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews Congregation of London during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Barnett, R.D.J. Transactions - Jewish Historical Society of England XX 1959/61

    • Problems of the London Sephardi Community 1720-33. Diamond, A.S. Transactions - Jewish Historical Society of England XXI 1962/67

    • The Sephardim of England. Hyamson, A.M. 1951 (Methuen & Co., London)

    • The Bevis Marks Synagogue. Barnett, R.D. and Levy, A 1975 (Society of Hashaim, London)

    • The Oldest Synagogue, Hyamson A.M.

    • The Synagogues of Europe. Krinsky, C. H. 1985 (The M.I.T. Press, Cambridge MA). pp. 412-415

    • The Synagogues of London. Lindsay, P., 1993 (Valentine Mitchell, London) pp. 38-41

    • The Burial Grounds of the Resettlement. Kadish, Sharman. 2006. Issue No. 1 of the Cable - the magazine of the Jewish East End Celebration Society, pp 12-14.

    • other City sources

    • other London sources

  • Cemetery Information:

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregation in the City of London

Greater London home page

List of Sephardi Congregations



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