West Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation

& Hartlepool Jewish Community

Hartlepool, County Durham



Page created: 3 October 2005
Latest update or revision: 2 December 2014

Town of Hartlepool

The county borough of Hartlepool, in the North East of England, has a population of about 88,000 and, since 1996, has been unitary authority.  Prior to then, Hartlepool was a district of the now defunct metropolitan county of Cleveland, which had been formed in 1974. After the abolition of Cleveland in 1996, Hartlepool was placed back for ceremonial purposes in County Durham.  Until 1974, Hartlepool (covering an area somewhat smaller than the present borough) had been a county borough in  County Durham, and was formed in 1967 by the merger of the county borough of West Hartlepool with its smaller, but older, neighbour, the municipal borough of (old) Hartlepool.    Hartlepool, a port on the North Sea, is on the north side of the river Tees estuary. 

(West) Hartlepool Jewish Community

The Jewish community was to be found in West Hartlepool, dating from about 1851.

Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Hartlepool include:


Hartlepool Cemetery, 1876-2001 (118 records*)
*A search in the database may also reveal duplicates of these records on the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register (JOWBR).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Hartlepool during the 1850s (4 records), 1860s (2 records), 1870s (3 records), 1880s (1 record) and 1900s (2 records).


Congregation Data

Only one Jewish congregation, the West Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation, is known to have existed in West Hartlepool.

Official Name:

West Hartlepool Hebrew Congregation


Whitby Street, West Hartlepool.

Current Status:

Closed - 1967 (Remaining members join Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation)
Synagogue demolished in early 1970's.

Date Formed:

1872 (consecration of Synagogue) - community some years older, possibly dating from 1852,


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Became affiliated to Leeds United Hebrew Congregation for the purposes of burial rights.

Marriage Certification:

Worship Number: 20774;
Registration District: Hartlepool
Marriage Records held by The Board of Deputies: Archives Ref: 6/2a/1 6/2a/2

Membership Data:

1896 - 13 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896-97)

1900 - 12 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900-01)

On-Line Articles

Press Report of the First Jewish Marriage in Hartlepool, Stockton & Hartlepool Mercury 28 February 1865

Jewish Population Data

(West Hartlepool)








- 50 (The Jewish Year Book 1896-97)

- 20* (The Jewish Year Book 1900-01)

- 60 (The Jewish Year Book 1935)

- 85 (The Jewish Year Book 1946)

- 80 (The Jewish Year Book 1952)

- 30 (The Jewish Year Book 1966)

- 15 (The Jewish Year Book 1971)

* Based upon research by Harold Pollins, in particular with reference to the 1901 Census for West Hartlepool and the Jewish Chronicle, it would appear that the above population figure for 1900 is substantially below the actual figure. Mr. Pollins identified 14 Jewish families and a single man in 1901, two of which consisted of 12 family members each, one of 9 family members, one of 8, two of 7, and four families of 5.  In total, they accounted for 89 individuals.  Furthermore, as at least eight of the families were present in the 1891 census, the increase in numbers could not have been the result of a sudden influx of Jews into the town.

Other Hartlepool Jewish Information

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