The town of Bishop Auckland (population approximately 25,000) is in County Durham in North East of England, close to the confluence of the river Wear and its tributary, the river Gaunless. It was an urban district until 1974, when it merged with adjoining areas to form the Wear Valley District of County Durham. In April 2009, the Wear Valley District was merged with six other districts of County Durham to form the unitary authority of County Durham.
Bishop Auckland Jewish Community
Although there were Jewish individuals and one or two families in Bishop Aukland from the late nineteenth century, it was not until the mid-1930s when an organised Jewish congregation was established. By 1952 there was only one Jewish couple left in the town.
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