The Cutler Street "Polish" Synagogue

City of London, London E.1.




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Congregation Data


Cutler Street "Polish" Synagogue

Alternative Name:

Carter Street Synagogue


Clothier Street (formerly Carter Street), Cutler Street, London E.1.

(Location: Cutler Street (some 200 feet long) runs northeast from Houndsditch, situated in the City of London, just 300 feet from its eastern boundary. Clothier Street (Carter Street) was a cul-de-sac on the southern side of Cutler Street.)

The synagogue appears to have been situated on the first floor (or higher) of a building on the corner of Cutler Street and Clothier Street (Carter Street), next to a brewery owned and run by the Harris family.

Date Formed:

1790 or 1802 (depending on source) - one of the three minor congregations reputedly established in London in the eighteenth century. The others were the Rosemary Lane Congregation and the
Gun Yard "Polish" Synagogue.

Current Status:

Closed in late 1930's (source)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Initially a dependency of the Great Synagogue

The Cutler Street Synagogue is listed as one of the 21 or 22 original federated synagogues on 6 November 1887 in V. D. Lipman's "Social History of the Jews in England 1850-1950" (pp120-121).

Geoffrey Alderman's in his "The Federation of Synagogues 1887-1987" (repeated by Bernard Homa in his "Orthodoxy in Anglo-Jewry) lists the "Carter Street" Synagogue was one of the 16 congregations that attended the meeting of 16 October 1887 to form the of the Federation of Synagogues. This would appear to have been an alternative name for the Cutler Street Street Synagogue.

The synagogue appears to have later become unaffiliated.

Local Government Districts:

Cutler Street and Clothier Street are in the Portsoken Ward of the City of London, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Until the abolition in 1908 of civil parishes in the City, the streets were in the parish of St. Botolph Without Aldgate.

Registration District:

Since 1 July 1837 - City of London

Other Congregation Information

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations in the City of London and London East End

Greater London home page

List of Federation of Synagogues Congregations

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