The Wirral Jewish Community





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Metropolitan Borough of Wirral

Wirral is a metropolitan borough in the county of Merseyside in the North West of England, comprising the northern part of the Wirral peninsula, across the Mersey estuary from Liverpool. It was created in 1974 upon the merger of several authorities (all then in the county of Cheshire), including the county boroughs of Birkenhead and Wallasey (which includes Seacombe) and the urban district of Hoylake.  In 1986, Wirral became a unitary authority, when the metropolitan county of Merseyside lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county.

The Wirral Jewish Community

Although there was a small number of Jews in the towns of the Wirral peninsula (particularlly Birkenhead) from the middle of the nineteenth century, it was not until the end of that century that organised Jewish congregations were established.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in what is now the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral:

* An active congregation.


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Coventry include:

  • UK Jewish Communal Leaders Database

    • 36 Birkenhead records (as of 30 September 2021).

  • 1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

    • Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in:
      Birkenhead during the 1840s (3 records), 1850s (22 records), 1860s (9 records), 1870s (5 records), 1880s (2 records), 1890s (2 records) , 1900s (1 record) and 1910s (5 records); and
      Wallasey during the 1840s (2 records), 1850s (5 records) and 1900s (1 record).


Community Records

  • Registration District (for BMD): Wirral (since 1 April 1998)

    • Previous Registration Districts:

      • For Birkenhead and Hoylake:
           Wirral (previously Wirrall) (from 1 July 1837 to 2 July 1861)
           Birkenhead (from 2 July 1961 to 1 April 1998

      • For Wallasley:
           Wirral (previously Wirrall) (from 1 July 1837 to 2 July 1861)
           Birkenhead (from 2 July 1961 to 1 January 1936
           Wallasley (from 1 January 1936 to 1 April 1998)

      • Any registers would now be held by current register office.


Wirral Jewish Cemeteries Information

We are unaware of any Jewish cemetery in the Wirral.


Wirral Jewish Population Data










(The Jewish Year Book 1935)





(The Jewish Year Book 1939)





(The Jewish Year Book 1945/46)





(The Jewish Year Book 1956)





(The Jewish Year Book 1966)





(The Jewish Year Book 1991)





(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Jewish Congregations in Merseyside

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Page created: 21 August 2006
Latest revision or update: 15 October 2021

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