the former

Basingstoke Jewish Community

and Former Hebrew Congregation

Basingstoke, Hampshire




Page created: 7 May 2006
Latest update or revision: 28 September 2017

Town of Basingstoke

Basingstoke, a town in the southern English county of Hampshire, has a population of about 150,000.  It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it was merged with neighbouring districts to form the local government district (later borough) of Basingstoke and Deane, still within the county of Hampshire.

Basingstoke Jewish Community

There were never more than a small number of Jews in Basingstoke. The following was the only Jewish congregation known to have exited in the town:

Congregation Data


Basingstoke Hebrew Congregation


Services held in Flaxfield College

Date Founded:

About 1903, based upon the following press report:

Jewish Chronicle 3 April 1903 page 30

‘The Jews residing in Basingstoke have formed themselves into a congregation. They hold services, but have no Sepher Torah, and as they are few in number they solicit help from the community to purchase a Sepher. Mr. R. Polka, Flaxfield College, is the Hon. Secretary.’

Current Status:

Closed after 1920


Orthodox Ashkenazi

Registration District:

Hampshire (since 1 April 2008) - Register Office website.

Previous Registration Districts:

   Hampshire North, from 1 January 2001 until 1 April 2008;
   Basingstoke from 1 July 1837 until 1 January 2001

   (All records would now be held by current office.)

Cemetery Information:

There is no Jewish cemeteries in Basingstoke.


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