Penzance Jewish Congregation

& Jewish Community

Penzance, Cornwall




Page created: 21 May 2004
Latest revision or update: 30 June 2016

Town of Penzance

Penzance, a port near the western end of Cornwall’s south coast in southeast 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 Penwith within the county of Cornwall. In April 2009, the district of Penwith and all other local government districts in Cornwall were abolished, and Cornwall became a unitary authority.

Penzance Jewish Community

Although no longer extant, the Penzance Jewish community was founded by the middle of the eighteenth century.

Penzance is only known to have had one synagogue:

Congregation Data


Penzance Jewish Congregation


New Street, Penzance.

First purpose built synagogue constructed here in 1768, synagogue rebuilt in 1807-8.

Current Status:

Synagogue sold in 1906. Community dissolved by early 1900's

Date Founded:

Congregation founded about 1750.


Askenazi Orthodox

Membership Data:

1845 - 11 ba'ale batim (C. Roth, The Rise of Provincial Jewry)

1845 - 30 appropriated seats, 51 individual members (ibid.)

1852 - 6 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1860 - 5 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1870 - 4 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1880 - 4 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

1892 - 6 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Penzance include:


1851 Penzance (35 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Penzance or Hayle (7 miles to the northeast) during the 1780s (1 record), 1790s (2 records), 1810s (13 records); 1820s (27 records), 1830s (31 records), 1840s (47 records), 1850s (41 records), 1860s (10 records), 1870s (10 records), 1880s (10 records), 1190s (1 record) and 1910s (1 record).


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Plymout Jewish Community


on third parties' websites

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

Other Penzance Jewish Information

Penzance Cemetery Information - IAJGS Cemetery Project

Jewish Congregations in Cornwall

Jewish Communities of England home page


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