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Bedford Jewish Community

Town of Bedford

Bedford, the former county town of Bedfordshire in south central England, has a population of about 100,000 and is situated on the river Great Ouse.  In 1974, the municipal borough of Bedford was merged with adjoining areas to form the local government district (later borough) of North Bedfordshire, which in 1992 was renamed the borough of Bedford, remaining within the administrative county of Bedfordshire. In April 2009, the borough of Bedford became a unitary authority and Bedfordshire became purely a ceremonial county.

Bedford Jewish Community

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The records in the database associated with Bedford include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Bedford during the 1780s (1 record), 1790s (2 records), 1800s (7 records), 1810s (5 records); 1820s (7 records), 1830s (16 records), 1840s (32 records), 1850s (29 records), 1860s (9 records), 1870s (7 records) and 1880s (6 records).

The Jewish Congregations

The following Congregations are, or where, considered to be part of the Bedford Community:

Articles on the Bedford Community

The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Bedford by Cecil Roth, 1950.
(available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive)

Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Other Bedford Information

Bibliography and other sources

Bedford Medieval Jewish Community

Jewish Congregations in Bedfordshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

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