Gloucester Old Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Gloucester, Gloucestershire




Page created: 22 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 14 January 2016

City of Gloucester

The city of Gloucester, with a population of approximately 110,000, is situated on the right bank of the river Severn in the West of England.  It is the county town and a local government district of the county of Gloucestershire, and was a county borough until 1974.

Jewish Community

There had been a Jewish community in Gloucester in the medieval period. A new community, sometimes referred to as the Gloucester Old Synagogue, was founded in the eighteenth century. The community had its own cemetery in the early 19th century, with its own shochet in 1830. In 1871, the Chief Rabbi visited the city, but by then the independent existence of the community had come to an end, the remaining members being affiliated to the Cheltenham Synagogue.

In 2008, the Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Congregation (see separately), was established, serving the whole county of Gloucestershire.


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The records in the database associated with Gloucester include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Plymouth during the 1770s (1 record), 1790s (3 records), 1800s (4 records), 1810s (13 records); 1820s (5 records), 1830s (6 records), 1840s (11 records), 1850s (14 records), 1860s (11 records), 1870s (5 records) and 1880s (3 records).

Congregation Data


Gloucester Old Synagogue


Mercy Place, Gloucester, opposite the Infirmary


Eighteenth century


By 1870


Ashkenazi Orthodox


On-Line Articles on the Gloucester Jewish Community

The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Gloucester by Cecil Roth, 1950, including inscriptions on gravestones at Gloucester Jewish Cemetery. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

"Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in S. W. England - Studies in Anglo-Jewish History No. 3", by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser, includes an Introduction that makes reference to Gloucester. Available on-line by JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Other Information

Jewish Congregations in Gloucestershire

Jewish Communities of England home page

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