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Grimsby Hebrew Congregation

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Grimsby, Lincolnshire

 

              

         
 
 
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Town of Grimsby

Grimsby, also known as Great Grimsby, is a seaport of about 90,000 inhabitants located on the southern bank of the Humber estuary in eastern England. Until 1974, Grimsby was a county borough in the administrative county of Lindsey, one of the three Parts into which Lincolnshire was divided.  From 1974, it formed the greater part of the Borough of Great Grimsby, a district of the now defunct administrative county of Humberside. On the abolition of Humberside in 1996, Great Grimsby was merged with the adjoining borough of Cleethorpes to form North East Lincolnshire, a unitary authority, treated for ceremonial purposes as part of the county of Lincolnshire.

Grimsby Jewish Community

Although there had been a Medieval Jewish presence in Grimsby, the Jews were not to return until the 1860's, when the situation in Eastern Europe coupled with the deep water port facilities and railway connections made Grimsby an attractive place to travel through. The Great Central Railway Company offered cheap package deals from Riga, Libau, Hamburg and Rotterdam to America via Grimsby (railway to Liverpool and Steamer to USA). At the height of the Exodus from Eastern Europe Grimsby saw some 5,000 immigrants a year (approximately 100,000 in total). The Grimsby population swelled from 8,860 in 1851 to 40,000 in 1880, a handful of these immigrants who put down roots were Jewish. The Jewish population is recorded as being 87 in 1871, rising to 450 in the early twentieth century and then gradually declining to 120 in 1982 and dwindling still further thereafter. (John Berman)


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The records in the database associated with the Grimsby Jewish Community include:

Marriages

1875 - 1948 (136 records).

Military

Grimsby Jews who Served in the Army in World War I, 1914 - 1918 (43 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Grimsby or Louth (12 miles to the south) during the 1800s (1 record), 1810s (2 records); 1820s (6 records), 1830s (5 records), 1840s (11 records), 1850s (8 records), 1860s (10 records), 1870s (4 records), 1880s (2 records), 1890s (3 records) and 1910s (1 record).
 

Jewish Congregation Data

The following Congregations are, or were, considered to be part of the Grimsby Jewish Community:
 

Grimsby Hebrew Congregation Data


The Sir Moses Montefiore Memorial Synagogue, Grimsby

Congregation Data

Official Name:

Sir Moses Montefiore Memorial Synagogue
also known as Grimsby Hebrew Congregation
(previously known as Great Grimsby Hebrew Congregation)

Address:

Holme Hill, Heneage Road, Grimsby DN32 9DZ, Lincolnshire
(Foundation stone laid July 1885; Synagogue consecrated 11 December 1889)

Former Address:

A cottage in Strand Street, Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Date Founded:

Congregation founded 1865.

Current Status:

Active

Ritual:

Ashkenazi Orthodox

Marriage Certification:

Group for Certification: Board of Deputies
Appears in 1998 General Registrar Official List
Worship Number: 31166
Registration District: Lincolnshire

Cemetery:

The Congregation's cemetery is at First Avenue, Nunsthorpe, Grimsby, consecrated in March 1896. (See also IAJGS Cemetery Project)

Congregation Numbers:

1895/8 - 60 seatholders (The Jewish Year Books 1896/99)
1900 - 80 seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)
1909 - 95 seatholders (The Jewish Year Book 1935)
1999 - 29 (as reported by Board of Deputies)

 


View Congregation Records

Marriage Records - Records of Grimsby Hebrew Congregation marriages from 1875 to 1921 (109 records).
 


Congregation Documents Available
 

Articles on the Grimsby Jewish Community

  • "To Be Buried in Grimsby" a history of the Saltman family in Britain by Avrom Saltman. (One may view Extracts from the history that directly relate to Grimsby.)

Other Grimsby Jewish Information


Grimsby Jewish Population Data
 
1871
1896
1898
1900
1909
1934
1944
1955
1965
1982
1990
2004  
87
149
320
450
450
400
400
400
210
120
90
35


(The Jewish Year Book 1896)
(The Jewish Year Book 1898)
(The Jewish Year Book 1900)
(The Jewish Year Book 1910)
(The Jewish Year Book 1935)
(The Jewish Year Book 1945)
(The Jewish Year Book 1956)
(The Jewish Year Book 1966)


(The Jewish Year Book 1991)

(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Jewish Congregations in Lincolnshire

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