Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation

London E.17.




Page created: 19 November 2006
Latest revision or update: 6 March 2015

Congregation Data

Current Name:

Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation

Former Names:

Walthamstow and Leyton Synagogue

Walthamstow and Leyton Associate Synagogue


140 Boundary Road, Walthamstow, London E17 8LA.

Walthamstow is in north/northeast London, immediately to the north of Leyton and to the east of Tottenham.

(Location: Boundary Road runs approximately half a mile west from Hoe Road (A112) to Markhouse Road (A1006) in southern Walthamstow. It is some quarter of a mile north of the Lea Bridge Road (A104) and south of Queen's Road. The synagogue is on the north side of the Boundary Road, on the corner with Boston Road, a short cul-de-sac. Boundary Road may have formed the boundary between Walthamstow and Leyton.)

Current Status:


Date Formed:

Founded by Rev. Dr. Gollancz in September 1902

Incorporated Congregation:

Queens Road Synagogue in about the late 1960's


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Initially Independent.  Became affiliated to the Federation of Synagogues from at least 1915, until about 1920. From 1920, was an associate synagogue of the the United Synagogue, withdrawing in 1949 on the termination of the associate synagogue scheme.

It has since remained technically independent, although primarily as a result of its incorporation of the Queens Road Synagogue (which was affiliated to the Federation of Synagogues), and thus a number of members belong to the Federation burial funds, the congregation now has an affiliation to the Federation of Synagogues.

Membership Data:

1905 -   54 seatholders (source)

1915 -   58 seatholders (source)

1920 - 150 male seatholders (source)

Local Government Districts:

Walthamstow is in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, the locality was in the former Municipal Borough of Walthamstow (from 1929 to 1965) and, prior thereto, the Urban District of Walthamstow (from 1894 to 1929), both of which entities were in the County of Essex.

Registration Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - West Ham
From 1 October 1935 - Essex South Western
Since 1 April 1965 - Waltham Forest

Other Congregation Information


Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Waltham Forest

Jewish Congregations in Greater London (other than City & East End)

Greater London home page

List of Federation of Synagogues Congregations

List of United Synagogue Congregations

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