Durham Synagogue

& Jewish Community

City of Durham, County Durham




Page created: 1 June 2005
Latest revision or update: 20 February 2013

City of Durham

The historic city of Durham is the county town of County Durham, in the North East of England, located on a bend in the river Wear. Until 1974, the city of Durham was a municipal borough in County Durham. In 1974, it was merged with adjoining areas to form the local government district (with borough status) of the City of Durham, with a population of about 85,000. In April 2009, the City of Durham District was merged with six other districts of County Durham to form the unitary authority of County Durham.

Durham Jewish Community

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The records in the database associated with Durham include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Durham during the 1840s (5 records), 1850s (5 records), 1860s (2 records), 1870s (4 records) and 1880s (5 records).

Congregation Data

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

A photograph of the former Durham Synagogue in Laburnham Street, now a Presbyterian chapel,
taken in June 2006 by Jill Whitehead.

Official Name:

Durham Synagogue


Laburnum Avenue, Durham (from about 1910)

Former Address:

11, John Street, Durham

Date Formed:


Current Status:

Closed 1955


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Jewish Population Data

  First Jewish settlement in Durham
-    68 (Jewish Chronicle, 25 Jan. 1905)
-  107 (The Jewish Year Book 1910)
-    86 (The Jewish Year Book 1920)

Articles on the Durham Jewish Community

Durham Jewish Community - Some Historical Notes 

Press reports about Durham Jewish Congregation and Community

Other Durham Jewish Information


Cemetery Information: There was no Jewish cemetery.
Burials took place in Sunderland or Newcastle.

Jewish Congregations in County Durham

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used



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