Ipswich Old Jewish Congregation

Ipswich, Suffolk




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Congregation Data


Ipswich Old Jewish Congregation


Initially, from about 1730, in a room in St. Clements. A synagogue was erected in 1795 between 73 and 75 Rope Lane or Rope Walk.

Current Status:

Closed - second half of nineteenth century, and demolished in 1877

Date Formed:




Membership Data:

1852 - 8 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1859 - 5 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

Press Report:

The Jewish Chronicle 22 April 1842 p. 138:

‘IPSWICH. - At a meeting of the congregation of this city, held last week, Mr. S. Samuel in the chair, the Rev. Harris Isaacs announced that influenced by the persuasion of his friends, he had abandoned his intention of going to reside in the Holy land. This intelligence was received with acclamations, and the Rev. Gentleman will consequently continue to fill the office of reader and to conduct his school.’

Articles on the Ipswich Old Jewish Congregation

The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Ipswich by Cecil Roth, 1950. Available on JCR-UK as part of the Susser Archive.

Ipswich from "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain"  - Papers for a conference at University College, London, convened by the Jewish Historical Society of England, prepared by Aubrey Newman - 6th July 1975.  Reproduced here with his kind consent.


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