Manchester Great New and Central Synagogue

Salford, Greater Manchester



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Congregation Data

Present Name:

Manchester Great New and Central Synagogue

Alternative Name:

Stenecourt Synagogue

Former Name:

Manchester Great and New Synagogue (or Great and New Synagogue, Manchester)
This was the name of the congregation until September 2008, when it was changed to the present name, upon the incorporation of the Central & North Manchester Synagogue.


"Stenecourt", Holden Road (corner 30 Singleton Road), Broughton Park, Salford, M7 4LN
(also includes a Community Centre)

Initially, a branch synagogue of the Great Synagogue from 1938. It was rebuilt in 1953 and in 1997/8, and became the sole synagogue building of the "Great & New" in mid 1970's.

(The congregation is considered part of the "North Manchester" Jewish community.)

Former Addresses:

140 Cheetham Hill Road (corner Knowsley Street), Manchester M8   (built 1857-8)
(Following closure, the building initially became a Jewish History Museum, but, despite being scheduled as a Listed II building in 1951, it has now been demolished)

Current Status:



Formed on 27 December 1964 by amalgamation of:

Great Synagogue
140 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M8 (from 1857, consecrated 11 March 1858), and
"Stenecourt", Holden Road, Salford, M7

New Synagogue & Beth Hamedrash
122 Cheetham Hill Road, M8 (founded by William Aronsberg and built 1889), and
5 Greenhill Road, M8 (from about 1948 until mid/late 1950's)

Previous Names & Addresses:

Hilliwell Street Congregation
Hilliwell Street,  Long Millgate, Manchester M3
(1825 to 1857)

Miller's Lane Congregation
(also known as the Ainsworth Court Synagogue) (This was a breakaway congregation from Hilliwell Street,  from 1843 to 1851, and is variously shown as being being situated at 
Miller's Lane, Manchester, or
Ainsworth Court, Long Millgate, Manchester M3(being the premises previously occupied by the Halliwell Street Congregation)

Ainsworth Court Congregation
Ainsworth Court, Long Millgate, Manchester M3
(1806 to 1824)

For earlier congregations, see
Manchester's First Synagogues

Branch Synagogue (until 1950's):

New Synagogue, Kersal Branch
Kersal Crag, Bury New Road, Salford, M7

Formed 1806

Formed 1889


Ashkenazi Orthodox



Local Authority:

Broughtom Park is in Salford, in the metropolitan borough of the City of Salford, within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester (which no longer has any administrative powers).

From 1889 to 1974, Salford was a county borough (a unitary authority), geographically (although not administratively) within the county of Lancashire.

The earlier addresses of the Congregation were in county borough of Manchester, which became the metropolitan borough of the City of Manchester in 1974, within the metropolitan county of Greater Manchester. 

Membership Data:

Based upon Census Of Worship of 1851 and ancillary returns (Social History of the Jews in England 1850-1950 by V.D. Lipman), Halliwell Street Congregation and the somewhat smaller "Ainsworth Court Congregation", were the only synagogues in Manchester  in 1850.  The combined number of seatholders and membership in 1852 was 189.  In 1845, these congregations had, respectively,  38 and 32 "ba'ale batim" and 33 and 19 "seatholders".   Average synagogue attendance in 1851 has 150 and 60, respectively (Halliwell Street having a capacity for 256 and Ainsworth Court, 80.


Great Synagogue:

New Synagogue

1896 (Jewish Year Book 1896/7)

477 seatholders

223 seatholders

1905 (Jewish Year Book 1906)

496 members & seatholders

200 seatholders

1915 (Jewish Year Book 1916)

490 members & seatholders

200 seatholders

1919 (Jewish Year Book 1920)

320 members & seatholders

200 seatholders


Articles relating to the Congregation

Congregation History which appeared on the Congregation's website

History of Stenecourt by Ros Livshin

Other Congregation Information


Jewish Congregations in the City of Salford (metropolitan borough)

Jewish Congregations in the City of Manchester (metropolitan borough)

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

Street Directory of Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used



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