Town of Southport
The seaside town of Southport, with a population of about 90,000, is situated on the coast of the Irish Sea about 17 miles north of Liverpool in the North West of England. Until 1974, it was a county borough, geographically within the county of Lancashire, when it was merged with the county borough of Bootle and the urban district of Crosby to form the metropolitan borough of Sefton in the county of Merseyside. In 1986, Sefton became a unitary authority, when the metropolitan county of Merseyside lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county.
The Southport Jewish Community
There have been Jewish residents in Southport since at least the mid-nineteenth century, although an organised (orthodox) Jewish congregation (see below) was not established until the 1890s. Following World War II, the orthodox congregation was joined by a reform congregation, now known as the Southport & District Reform Synagogue (dealt with separately).
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