Torbay Jewish Community

(Torquay & Paignton)

South Devon




Page created: 7 May 2006
Latest update or revision: 7 June 2016

The Borough of Torbay

The three main towns of Torbay are Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, all situated around on of the English Channel coast of Devon in South West England.  All three towns had been separate municipal boroughs until 1968 when they were amalgamated into the single county borough of Torbay.  In 1974 Torbay became a local government district of the county of Devon and, in 1998, it became a unitary authority.

The Jewish Community

The Jewish community in what is now Torbay dates from World War II, when synagogues were opened in both Torquay and Paignton, primarily by evacuees from London. The congregation in Paignton did not survive long after the War. The synagogue is Torquay continued and acquired a cemetery (in Paignton) in 1962, which is still in use. However, due to dwindling numbers, the synagogue in Torquay closed in 2000.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that existed in what is now Torbay:


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Torbay (Torquay & Paignton) include:


Paignton Cemetery, 1963 - 2010 (records of 90 burials, with 78 images of gravestones).


1851 for Torbay (Torquay).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Torquay and Dartmouth (5 miles to the south) during the 1800s (2 records), 1810s (6 records), 1820s (4 records), 1840s (2 records), 1850s (15 records), 1860s (4 records), 1870s (4 records) and 1880s (2 records).


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 Torbay Jewish Cemetery Information

Painton Jewish Cemetery
David Shulman 2016

The only Jewish cemetery in Torbay is the Torquay & Paignton Hebrew Congregation Cemetery (being the Jewish Section of Paignton Cemetery), which is still in use and has its own prayer hall.  The cemetery is situated off Ailescombe Road, Colley End Road, Paignton, and was acquired by the community in 1962. (Prior to 1962, the community generally used the cemeteries in Plymouth and Exeter.)

(For additional information, see also IAJGS International Jewish Cemeteries Project - Paignton)


Torbay Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2000)

Jewish Congregations in Devon

Jewish Communities of England home page



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