Sheerness Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Sheerness, Swale, Kent



Page created: 9 November 2005
Latest revision or update: 3 January 2016

Town of Sheerness

Sheerness, with a population of about 20,000, is the largest town on the Isle of Sheppey, in the county of Kent in south-east English, situated close to the river Thames estuary. It is part of the local authority district of Swale, formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of the municipal borough of Queensborough-in-Sheppey (which comprised the whole of the Isle of Sheppey) with several other local authorities.   

Sheerness Jewish Community

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The records in the database associated with Sheerness include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Sheerness during the 1770s (2 records), 1780s (1 record), 1790s (5 records), 1800s (18 records); 1810s (32 records), 1820s (25 records), 1830s (13 records), 1840s (18 records), 1850s (26 records), 1860s (3 records), 1870s (2 records) and 1880s (3 records).

Only one Jewish congregation, Sheerness Synagogue, is known to have existed in Sheerness.

Congregation Data


Sheerness Synagogue


Blue Town, Sheerness (between Sheppey Street and Kent Street)

Date Formed:

1790.  A new synagogue was built in 1811 and restored in 1841

Current Status:

Closed about 1900, synagogue already dilapidated (but not demolished until 1935).


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Congregation Numbers:

1853 - 15 seatholders (The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Cecil Roth)
1856 - 13 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1860 - 10 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1865 - 10 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)

Articles on the Sheerness Jewish Community

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

Sheerness 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.


Jewish Population Data


5 families   

(The Rise of Provincial Jewry by Cecil Roth, 1950)

Sheerness Cemetery Information - IAJGS Cemetery Project



Jewish Congregations in Kent

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