Wigan Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Wigan, Greater Manchester



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Wigan was a county borough in Lancashire, lying 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 Wigan within new Metropolitan County of Greater Manchester.  Wigan became a unitary authority in 1986, when Greater Manchester lost its administrative status and became purely a ceremonial county.

Congregation Data


Wigan Synagogue

also known as the Wigan Hebrew Congregation


22 Bold Street, Wigan.  For some years, until about 1900, the were two rival congregations

Date Formed:

1886 (source)

Current Status:

Closed.  It appears that the synagogue closed in about 1908, although details of the congregation continued to appear in the Jewish Year Books for many years thereafter.


1886 - 1889

Rev Myer Berkowitz

1900 - 1903

Rev Jacob Lazarus Goldstone

1903 - 1905

Rev Woolfe Hirshowitz (also known as Hirsh), subsequently a Rabbi

For details, see Ministers of the Wigan Hebrew Congregation and their Journeys by Hilary Thomas


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Articles on the Community and Congregation

Ministers of the Wigan Hebrew Congregation and their Journeys by Hilary Thomas,
author of "Wolkowisk to Wallgate and Other Journeys; A History of the Wigan Jewish Community"

Notes on the Wigan Jewish Community by Harold Pollins

Other Wigan Jewish Information


  • Bibliography:

    • From Wolkowisk to Wallgate and Other Journeys: A History of the Wigan Jewish Community by Hilary Thomas & Wigan Archives & Local Studies (2014)

    • Other Wigan Bibliography


Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

Street Directory of Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

Jewish Communities of England home page

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