Gloucester Old Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Gloucester, Gloucestershire




Page created: 22 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 9 July 2016
City of Gloucester

The city of Gloucester, with a population of approximately 110,000, is situated on the right bank of the river Severn in the West of England.  It is the county town and a local government district of the county of Gloucestershire, and was a county borough until 1974.

Jewish Community

There had been a Jewish community in Gloucester in the medieval period. A new community, sometimes referred to as the Gloucester Old Synagogue (see below), was founded in the eighteenth century. The community had its own cemetery in the early 19th century, with its own shochet in 1830. In 1871, the Chief Rabbi visited the city, but by then the independent existence of the community had come to an end, the remaining members being affiliated to the Cheltenham Synagogue.

In 2008, the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Congregation (see separately), was established, serving the whole county of Gloucestershire.


Congregation Data


Gloucester Old Synagogue


Mercy Place, Gloucester, opposite the Infirmary


Eighteenth century


By 1870


Ashkenazi Orthodox


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The records in the database associated with Gloucester include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Plymouth during the 1770s (1 record), 1790s (3 records), 1800s (4 records), 1810s (13 records); 1820s (5 records), 1830s (6 records), 1840s (11 records), 1850s (14 records), 1860s (11 records), 1870s (5 records) and 1880s (3 records).


On-line Articles and Other Material
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Gloucester Jewish Cemetery Information

The Coney Hill Cemetery, Coney Hill Road, Gloucester has a small hedged Jewish Section that contains the remains from the old Gloucester Jewish Burial Ground, Organ's Passage, which were exhumed (to make way for a children's playground) and re-interred here in 1938. The remains date from about 1760 and about 27 gravestones survive, the oldest being from 1886.

Articles and other material on JCR-UK:

  • "Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in S. W. England - Studies in Anglo-Jewish History No. 3", by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser, includes an Introduction that makes reference to Gloucester. Part of the Susser Archive.

  • The epitaphs on the gravestones at this cemetery are listed in the Gloucester section in The Rise of Provincial Jewry by Cecil Roth, 1950, part of the Susser Archive.

(see also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Gloucester)

Communal Records

  • Synagogue Records:
       The manuscript of the congregation's regulations, or Takkanot, is in the Mocatta Library, London

Jewish Congregations in Gloucestershire

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