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Town of Oldham
Oldham was a county borough in Lancashire, lying to the northeast of Manchester. In 1974, it merged with adjoining areas (primarily from Lancashire but including districts from Yorkshire) to form the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham within new Metropolitan County of Greater Manchester. Oldham became a unitary authority in 1986, when Greater Manchester lost its administrative status and became purely a ceremonial county.
Oldham Jewish Community
The first mention of the Oldham Jewish community was in the 1910 Jewish Year Book, which stated that the congregation consisted of ten families. No details were given of the venue. The congregationís final appearance in the Jewish Year Book was in 1938, which gave its address as 6 Clegg Street.
There were in fact several Jewish families living and working in Oldham from about 1870, mostly tailors and hawkers. My recent book ,"From Riga to Rock Street and Other Journeys; a History of the Oldham Jewish Community" tells the story of this small community which lasted until the beginning of world war two. The congregation had three venues between 1910 and 1938. The first was at 19 Sickle Street, the tailoring premises of Israel Cossack; the second, from about 1930, was a room above the furniture store belonging to David Burman; and the final meeting place, 6 Clegg Street was a room in an office building. There was never a permanent minister. Yomtov and the occasional Shabbat services were conducted by students from Manchester Yeshiva, including Joseph Segal and Woolf Sacofsky.
Hilary Thomas, July 2016
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