Barrow-in-Furness Jewish Community
Town of Barrow-in-Furness
Barrow-in-Furness, a town in North West England, is situated on Morecambe Bay, facing Walney Island. It is the main component of the district and borough of Barrow-in-Furness, in the county of Cumbria. The present district, which has a population of about 70,000, was formed in 1974, when the county borough of Barrow-in-Furness was merged with adjoining areas. Until 1974, Barrow-in-Furness, together with the rest of Furness (a peninsula jutting into the Irish Sea), was a detached part of the county of Lancashire.
Although there were Jewish residents in Barrow-in-Furness in the latter part of the nineteenth century, an organised Jewish congregation dates back to the beginning of the twentieth century. Below are details of the sole Jewish congregation known to have existed in Barrow-in-Furness. However, there was a small Jewish community in the coastal town of Whitehaven, some thirty miles north of Barrow.
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