One of the first corporate actions of the early Swansea Jewish Community
and the Swansea Hebrew Congregation was the
leasing of a plot of land to be used as a burial ground. A Hall Day Minute dated
5th October, 1768 in the Swansea City Archives records the agreement of the
Burgesses of the then Borough to the lease, and the lease itself is dated
28th November, 1768. It was for 99 years on a plot of land 30 yards by 15 yards
which was part of the Town Hill and exists there today. This is usually referred
to as the old cemetery, Townhill.
The Townhill cemetery is organised in five sections as shown
here. Section 1 is the original and oldest part of the cemetery.
Sections 2-5 were added over the years as the Congregation grew and the adjacent
land was acquired. Rows within each plot are numbered from the rear wall and
graves within each row are numbered from left to right.
Townhill Cemetery continued in use until the mid-1970s when a new cemetery,
known as Oystermouth, was acquired, and consecrated on 7 December 1975. Since
then, only a small number of burials have taken place at Townhill (largely
reserved plots) with the large bulk being carried out Oystermouth. Burials at
Oystermouth are arranged in three sections with rows ordered from the front and
graves ordered from left to right. Paths divide the sections and run between
grave numbers 9-10 and 18-19 as shown
The information provided in this database covers 250 years of Jewish burials in
the Townhill and Oystermouth Cemeteries. It has been assembled largely from
details given on the tombstones themselves plus additional information taken
from the Congregation's burial registers. Information for any individual may be
displayed by first selecting the appropriate surname letter from the list below
and then selecting the required name from its corresponding drop-down list.
Navigation to the next or previous burial plot in the Section/Row is achieved by
clicking the appropriate link on the individual burial page.
This database covers approximately 1150 burials with images for over 900
headstones up to the end of 2017.
Grave locations (accurate to about a metre) can be displayed on a Google
satellite image via the button provided on each burial page.
This database has been created through the efforts and support of Alan Tobias,
David Sandler, David Factor and Howard Sandman.
Webmaster - David Shulman. It is made available here with
permission of the
Hebrew Congregation. The GPS enhancements were developed by Alan and Derek
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