Bishop Auckland Jewish Community

& Synagogue

North Tyneside, Tyne & Wear




Page created: 21 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 25 September 2016

Town of Bishop Auckland

The town of Bishop Auckland (population approximately 25,000) is in County Durham in North East of England, close to the confluence of the river Wear and its tributary, the river Gaunless. It was an urban district until 1974, when it merged with adjoining areas to form the Wear Valley District of County Durham. In April 2009, the Wear Valley District was merged with six other districts of County Durham to form the unitary authority of County Durham.

Bishop Auckland Jewish Community

Although there were Jewish individuals and one or two families in Bishop Aukland from the late nineteenth century, it was not until the mid-1930s when an organised Jewish congregation was established. By 1952 there was only one Jewish couple left in the town.

Congregation Data


Bishop Auckland Synagogue


The congregation intially met in the home at the home of Mr. Leo Lewin and possibly subsequently at the home of other members. Later it moved to a large hall rented in the local library.

Date Opened:



Closed 1952


Ashkenazi Orthodox


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



Bishop Auckland Jewish Cemetery Information

Bishop Aukland Jewish Cemetery
This plaque was originally displayed at the Cemetery
to commemorate its consecration.
Courtesy Peter Gatoff ( 2016)

Jewish Section, Bishop Auckland Municipal Cemetery.  The small Jewish section is encircled with privet hedges. It contains 11 graves (five double graves and a single grave). The Cemetery was consecrated on 2 June 1946 and burials date from 1952 to 1976 (except for one of those interred, who died in 1935). Accordingly, most of the burials having taken place after the demise of the local Jewish community. Generally, burials of members of the community took place in Darlington.

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


Jewish Congregations in County Durham

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