Chatham Memorial Synagogue

& Jewish Community of Medway

Medway, Kent




Extract from papers on
Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain
by Prof. Aubrey Newman

Prepared for a conference at University College, London,
convened by the Jewish Historical Society of Great Britain
on 6 July 1975.

Reproduced here with Prof. Newman's kind consent

Page created: 21 February 2004
Reformatted: 4 January 2012
Latest revision: 6 July 2014



Chatham Memorial Synagogue, St. Margaret's Bank, Rochester.  Erected 1870 by Simon Magnus in memory of his only son, Captain Lazarus Simon Magnus.  Superseded the former Chatham Synagogue which had been in existence upwards of a century.  Has seat accommodation for 124 persons:  70 gentlemen's seats, 54 Ladies' seats.  Seat rental from 1.1s. to 5.5s. per annum


Jewish population 67.  1900, 3 deaths

Synagogue, High Street, Rochester (founded about 1780, rebuilt 1870) seatholders 10.  The income and expenditure averages 110 per annum

Philanthropic Society - object, Relief of Local Poor, of whom ten were relieved during the last year.  Income and expenditure 14

Branch of Anglo-Jewish Association (Founded 1887)



  Births Marriages Burials Seatholders
1852 2 (F) 2 1 30
1860 - 0 6 31
1870 - 0 2 34
1880 - 0 1 30
1890 - 2 0 15
1900 1 0 4 10

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