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Town of Whitehaven
The town of Whitehaven (population approximately 25,000), is a small port on the coast of North West England. It was a municipal borough in the then county of Cumberland, until 1974, when it was merged with neighbouring districts to form the local government district of Copeland, within the newly created county of Cumbria.
Whitehaven Jewish Community
The existence of a Jewish community in Whitehaven is based upon a report in the Jewish Chronicle of 1874, there being no mention of a community in the town in any reference books. In 1944, it was reported that a barmitzvah ceremony had taken place in Whitehaven, but this was probably by a family evacuated to the town during World War II.
Whitehaven in papers on Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain,
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