Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire Hebrew Congregation




Page created: 2 March 2004
Latest revision or update: 29 November 2014


Ivor Brown 2008

The former synagogue in Birch Terrace, Hanley, sold in 2004 for redevelopment, but, as at September 2008, still standing.
The above photograph was kindly provided to JCR-UK by Ivor Brown

(including Hanley)

The city of Stoke-on-Trent (also known as The Potteries or The Six Towns) in the county of Staffordshire in the English Midlands, was formed in 1910 as a result of the federation of six boroughs or districts, namely Stoke-upon-Trent, Hanley, Burslem, Longton, Tunstall and Fenton, into a single municipal borough. It became a county borough and was raised to city status in 1925.  In the local government reorganization of 1974, Stoke-on-Trent became a District of Staffordshire, but it was restored as a unitary authority in 1998.  Although the city administrative offices are situated in what was the original town of Stoke, the city centre is generally regarded as in Hanley.



The borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme  adjoins Stoke-on-Trent and forms a single conurbation with Stoke and is often considered to be an affluent suburb of Stoke.  Newcastle-under-Lyme became a District (later Borough) of Staffordshire in 1974, within its present boundaries. The District was formed by the merger of the municipal borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme with adjoining areas.

Jewish Community

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The records in the database associated with Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under Lyme include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Stoke, Hanley or Newcastle-under-Lyme during the 1810s (6 records); 1820s (9 records), 1830s (15 records), 1840s (20 records), 1850s (27 records), 1860s (7 records), 1870s (3 records), 1880s (2 records) and 1890s (1 record).

Congregation Data

Until recently, the synagogue of the Stoke-on-Trent Hebrew Congregation (the only Jewish congregation known to have existed in Stoke-on-Trent or Newcastle-under Lyme) was situated in Hanley in Stoke-on-Trent. The congregation has now moved to Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Official Name:

Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Hebrew Congregation
formerly the Stoke-on-Trent Hebrew Congregation
(at one time, previously known as the Hanley Synagogue)


London Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs. ST5 1LZ (next to the Jewish cemetery)

Former Addresses:

Birch Terrace, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent (from ca 1902 to 2004, new construction 1923),
prior to then, Hanover Street, Hanley.

Current Status:


Date Formed:



Ashkenazi Orthodox

Marriage Certification:

Group for Certification: Board of Deputies
Appears in 1998 General Registrar Official List
Registration District: Stoke-on-Trent

Membership Data:

1875 - 35 seatholders (Board of Deputies returns)

1880 - 30 seatholders (Board of Deputies returns)

1890 - 30 seatholders (Board of Deputies returns)

1894 - 40 seatholders (Board of Deputies returns)

1896 - 40 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896/97)

1900 - 35 seatholders (Board of Deputies returns)


Press Reports about the Hanley Jewish Community 1851 - 1995

Hanley 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.

Stoke on Trent Golden Jubilee

Congregation & Community History


Stoke-on-Trent Hebrew Cemetery - Headstones, Other Inscriptions and Plan

Plaques from the Former Synagogue in Hanley


Jewish Population Data


40 families in Hanley   

(The Jewish Year Book 1896/7)


47 families in Hanley   

(The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)


70 families in Hanley   

(The Jewish Year Book 1910)


240 in Hanley   

(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)



(The Jewish Year Book 2007)


IAJGS Cemeteries Project - Stoke-on-Trent Hebrew Cemetery

Jewish Congregations in Staffordshire

Jewish Communities of England Home Page

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