Bournemouth & Poole Jewish Community





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Town of Bournemouth

Bournemouth, a seaside resort on the England's southern coast, has a population of about 160,000. Until 1974, it was a county borough in the county of Hampshire. In the local government reforms of 1974, it became a local government district of the administrative county of Dorset.  In 1997, it became a  unitary authority, remaining within Dorset for ceremonial purposes.

Town of Poole

Poole, a coastal town lying just to the east of Bournemouth, has a population of about 135,000. It was a municipal borough in the county of Dorset, until 1974, when it became a local government district, still within the administrative county of Dorset.  In 1997, it became a  unitary authority.

The Jewish Community

The Bournemouth Jewish community dates back to about 1905, and is one of the larger communities in the UK, partly due to its appeal as a retirement resort.  The town was also very popular as a Jewish holiday resort and, at one time, boasted quite a number of kosher hotels, of which only one remains (see Bournemouth Jewish Hotels Consigned to History as Normandie Battles On).  A number of Jews also now live in Poole, which forms single conurbation with Bournemouth.  The Bournemouth & District Jewish Representation Council covers a somewhat wider area including Southampton.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Bournemouth and Poole:

* an active congregation


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Bournemouth and Poole include:

  • Burials

    • Boscombe Cemetery, Bournemouth, 1911 - 1998 (716 records*);

    • Kinson Cemetery, Bournemouth,  1955 - 2005 (867 records*);

    • Throop Cemetery, Bournemouth,  1996 - 2001 (77 records*).
      *A search in the database may also reveal duplicates of these records on the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register (JOWBR).

  • 1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

    • Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in:

      • Bournemouth during the 1870s (1 record), 1880s (2 records), 1890s (1 record), 1900s (5 records) and 1910s (5 records); and

      • Poole during the 1760s (1 record), 1770s (1 record), 1780s (1 record), 1790s (3 records), 1800s (3 records), 1810s (4 records) and 1820s (4 records).


Registration Districts (for BMD)

For Bournemouth:

  • Bournemouth (since 1 October 1932)

    • Previous Registration Districts:
         Christchurch (from 1 July 1937 to 1 July 1925); and
         Bournemouth & Christchurch (1 July 1925 to 1 October 1932).

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

    • Register Office website

For Poole:


Bournemouth Jewish Cemeteries Information

 Bournemouth has the Jewish cemeteries listed below. See above for a serach of he database relating to this cemeteries.

  • Bournemouth East (Boscombe) Cemetery, Jewish Section, Gloucester Road, Boscombe.
    Burials from 1908. Orthodox. Closed, except for reserved plots for old established members of the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation.

  • Kinson Cemetery, Jewish Sections, South Kinson Drive, Bournemouth:

    • Reform Plots - Opened in 1948, used by the Bournemouth Reform Synagogue.

    • Orthodox Plots - Opened 1953, used by Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation. Generally full.

  • Throop Cemetery, Broadway Lane, Throop
    Acquired 1996 by the Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and currently in use.

(For additional information, see also IAJGS Cemetery Project- Bournemouth)


Bournemouth Jewish Population Data



(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 Dorset

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Latest revision or update: 6 August 2019

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