Mikvah Synagogue

London E.1.




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Latest revision or update: 25 February 2014

Congregation Data


Mikvah Synagogue

Probable Alternative Names:

Fashion Court Chevra or Fashion Court Synagogue (see below),
New Court Chevra, also known as the Derech T'mima chevra (according to V. D. Lipman's "Social History of the Jews in England 1850-1950" p74).


New Court, Fashion Street, London E1

Fashion Street (some 600 feet long), in London's East End, runs east from Commercial Street to Brick Lane, parallel with Fournier Street (300 feet to the north). (Flower & Dean Street used to run parallel 200 feet to the south but this no longer exists.) New Court was a courtyard within the block on the south side of Fashion Street, north of Flower & Dean Street.

Foundation and Affiliation:

Affiliated with the Federation of Synagogues.
The Fashion Court Chevra (founded in 1858) was listed by Geoffrey Alderman in his history of "The Federation of Synagogues 1887-1987" as one of the 16 synagogues that attended a meeting on 16 October 1887 to form the Federation.

(The Federation was actually formed on 6 November 1887 by 21 or 22 synagogues, listed by V. D. Lipman in his "Social History of the Jews in England 1850-1950" (pp120-121), which list does not include a congregation designated as the Fashion Court Chevra, but does include a Mikrah Synagogue, Fashion Street, and and a  "Holy Calling Benefit Society", New Street, Fashion Street", although these are presumably different congregations.)

The Jewish Year Book 1896-1897 lists a Mikvah Synagogue at  New Court. (New Court appears to be in Fashion Street) among a member of the Federation of Synagogues and it is presumed that this congregation is the same congregation as is elsewhere described as being in Fashion Court.

Current Status:

Closed prior to 1906 (based upon latest appearance in Jewish Year Books)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi

Membership Data:

1870 - 90 members  (Social History of the Jews in England, V. D. Lipman, p74)
1896 - 62 members  (Jewish Year Book 1896-1897)

Local Authority Districts:

Fashion Street is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, Fashion Street and New Court were in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) in the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

The locality was also within the civil parish of Spitalfields (which was in the former County of Middlesex until 1889) and which, from 1856 to 1900, was a constituent of the Whitechapel District.

The civil parish of Spitalfields was abolished in 1921, being absorbed into the civil parish of Whitechapel, which itself was abolished in 1927 to be absorbed into Stepney Borough parish (until that parish's abolition in 1965).

Registration Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - Whitechapel
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
From 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which would now hold the registers, if any)

Other Congregation Information

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations of the London East End

Greater London home page

List of Federation of Synagogues Congregations

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