Bolton Hebrew Congregation

Bolton, Greater Manchester




Page created: 25 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 19 February 2015


Bolton was a county borough in Lancashire, to the northwest of Manchester. In 1974, it merged with adjoining areas (all of which had been in Lancashire) to form the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton within new Metropolitan County of Greater Manchester.  Bolton became a unitary authority in 1986 when Greater Manchester lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county.

Congregation Data


Bolton Hebrew Congregation


The Synagogue was at 12a Wentworth Street, Bolton from approximately 1924 until 1960, after which services were held in the Queen Street Mission, Central Street, Bolton.

Previously, the Synagogue was at 43 Spa Road, Bolton, from late 1906.

See the Article by Hilary Thomas, for Congregation's addresses prior to 1906.

Date Formed:

High Holidays Services were held in Bolton in October 1903 and (according to a report in the Jewish Chronicle of 2 October 1903, page 24) the hope was expresses that a congregation would shortly be established, which occurred in 1904.

Current Status:

Synagogue sold (and later demolished) in 1960. Congregation disbanded in 1969


See Article by Hilary Thomas


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Articles on the Community and Congregation

Bolton Synagogue and its Ministers by Hilary Thomas,
co-author of "An Industrious Minority, a history of the Bolton Jewish Community"

Press Reports relating to the Bolton Jewish Community
1884-1920: 1960 & 1970

Other Bolton Jewish Information


  • Bibliography:

    • An Industrious Minority, a history of the Bolton Jewish Community by Hilary Thomas & John Cowell (2012)

    • Other Bolton Bibliography

Jewish Population Data


110 (27 families)

(The Jewish Year Book 1939)
(The Jewish Year Book 1946)
(The Jewish Year Book 1956)
(The Jewish Year Book 1966)
(The Jewish Year Book 1971)


Street Directory of Congregations in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

Jewish Communities of England home page

Explanations of Terms Used




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