Norwich Jewish Community

Norwich, Norfolk




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City of Norwich

The historic city of Norwich, situated on the river Wensum in East Anglia, has a population of over 125,000.  It was a county borough until 1974, when it became a local government district of the administrative county of Norfolk.

The Norwich Jewish Community

There was a medieval Jewish community in Norwich. In modern times, the first Jewish seettlement appears to date from about 1789, with an organised Jewish community from about 1813.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Norwich in modern times:

* An active congregation.


Search the All-UK Database

The records in this database associated with Norwich include:

  • UK Jewish Communal Leaders Database

    • 19 Norwich records (as of 30 September 2021).

  • 1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

    • Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in:
      Norwich during the 1780s (2 records), 1790s (6 records), 1800s (11 records), 1810s (19 records); 1820s (43 records), 1830s (64 records), 1840s (106 records), 1850s (143 records), 1860s (43 records), 1870s (23 records), 1880s (12 records), 1890s (6 records), 1900s (2 records) and 1910s (1 record); and
      Wymondham during the 1800s (1 record) and 1850s (3 records).


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Norwich Jewish Community


on third parties' websites

  • "Norwich" by Joseph Jacobs, Jewish Encyclopedia 1906.


Other Norwich Jewish Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

Educational & Theological

  • Hebrew School (founded 1890)

  • Sabbath Classes (founded 1895)

Other Institutions & Organisations

  • Chevra Kadisha (did not appear in 1896 Jewish Year Book)

  • .Jewish Young Men's Mutual Improvement Society (founded by 1896)

  • Chovevi Zion Tent (founded by 1900)

* As listed in the Jewish Directory of 1874 and the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900


Community Records

  • Registration District (for BMD):  Norwich (since 1 July 1837)


Norwich Jewish Cemeteries Information

The following are the known Jewish cemeteries that existed in Norwich:

  • Norwich Medieval Jewish Burial Ground
    Exact whereabouts unknown, but close to the ancient synagogue. In use from some time after 1177 until 1290.

  • Norwich Old Jews Burial Ground, Horns Lane, corner Ber Street (near Mariners' Lane), Norfolk.
    Only vestiges remain of this cemetery, which was opened in about 1750 and closed in 1826. The exact location (at the rear of 34 Ber Street) is uncertain.
    See Letter to the Editor (on JCR-UK), regarding this burial grounds in Norwich, which appeared in the Jewish Chronicle of 22 April 1842.

  • Quakers Lane Jews' Burial Ground (also known as Gildencroft Jewish Cemetery), St Crispin's Road (corner Talbot Square), off Quakers Lane Norwich
    Opened in 1813 and in use until 1854. No records have survived and none of the surviving headstones are legible.

  • Norwich City Cemetery, Jewish Section (also known as Earlham Road Jewish Cemetery), Bowthorpe Road, Norwich
    This cemetery, of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation, dates from 1856 and is still in use.  It is accessible from Earlham Road.

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Norwich)


Norwich Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1895/6)



(The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1945/6)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Jewish Congregations in Norfolk

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Page created: 21 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 15 October 2021

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