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Plymouth Jewish Community

City of Plymouth

The city of Plymouth, an historic port on the south coast of Devon in South West England, has a population of about 240,000.  The county borough of Plymouth, created 1889, had been enlarged a number of times by incorporation of adjoining localities, including the incorporation of the municipal borough of Devonport in 1914.  In 1974, Plymouth lost its county borough status becoming a local government district within the county of Devon.  However, in 1974, it once again became a unitary authority, remaining within Devon for ceremonial purposes.

Plymouth Jewish Community

The Jewish community in Plymouth dates from about 1646, and the Plymouth Synagogue (of the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation) is the oldest Ashkenazi  synagogue still standing in the English-speaking world.


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Plymouth include:


Extracts for Plymouth for  1841 / 1851 / 1861 / 1871 / 1881 / 1891 (1,612 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Plymouth during the 1760s (1 record); 1770s (2 records), 1780s (10 records), 1790s (13 records), 1800s (33 records), 1810s (104 records); 1820s (82 records), 1830s (114 records), 1840s (183 records), 1850s (294 records), 1860s (84 records), 1870s (50 records), 1880s (25 records), 1890s (6 records), 1900s (2 records) and 1910s (2 records).

The Jewish Congregations

The following are, or were, the Jewish congregations in Plymouth:

Online Articles on the Plymouth Jewish Community

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

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

Jewish Population Data



Community founded (opening of Jewish Cemetery)
(Jewish Year Book 1898/9)
(Jewish Year Book 1916)
(Jewish Year Book 1934)
(Jewish Year Book 1945-6)
(Jewish Year Book 1956)
(Jewish Year Book 1966)
(Jewish Year Book 1991)
(Jewish Year Book 2006)

Other Plymouth Jewish

Jewish Property and Heritage & Places of Local Interest 


Plymouth Cemetery Information (IAJGS Cemetery Project)

Jewish Congregations in Devon

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used


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