Town of Birkenhead
Birkenhead (population about 88,000) is a town on the Wirral peninsula, situated on the west bank of the river Mersey, opposite the city of Liverpool. It was a county borough geographically in the county of Cheshire until 1974 when it was incorporated into the metropolitan borough of Wirral in the metropolitan county of Merseyside. In 1986, Wirral became a unitary authority, when the metropolitan county of Merseyside lost its administrative status, becoming purely a ceremonial county.
Although there was a small number of Jews in Birkenhead from at least the middle of the nineteenth century, it was not until the end of that century that an organised Jewish congregation was established, although numbers have since dwindled and the synagogue has closed.
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