the former

Blackburn Jewish Community

and Hebrew Congregation

Blackburn, Lancashire




Town of Blackburn

The Lancashire town of Blackburn, in North West England, with a population of about 140,000, forms the greater part of the borough of Blackburn with Darwen. It was a county borough until 1974, when it merged with adjoining areas to became a local government district of the county of Lancashire. In 1986, it became a unitary authority, having assumed the name Blackburn with Darwen the previous year. It remains within the ceremonial county of Lancashire.

The Blackburn Jewish Community

The Blackburn Jewish community dates back to the 1880s, although there were isolated Jews in the town prior to date. The synagogue of the Blackburn Hebrew Congregation was established in 1893 and the Jewish cemetery dates from 1900. There were also two short-lived secessionist congregations (see below). The community declined following World War II and the synagogue closed in the 1970s.

Congregation Data


Blackburn Hebrew Congregation


Clayton Street, Blackburn

Former Address:

Paradise Lane, Blackburn

Date Formed:


Current Status:

Closed, 1970s


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Congregation Numbers:

1893 - 16 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896)
1895 - 27 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1896)
1900 - 40 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1900/01)

Secessionist Congregations:

1899-1900 - Blackburn New Hebrew Congregation

1904-1907 - Freckleton Street Hebrew Cobgregation

Office Holders 1896(i):

Mr. Harris Cohen - Minister

Mr. W. Aronsberg, J.P. - Life President

Mr. Israel Aaron - Vice President

David Blain - Treasurer

Aaron Pinkers - Secretary

Aaron Morris - Assistant Secretary

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Jewish Year Book 1896.


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Blackburn include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Blackburn during the 1810s (1 record); 1830s (1 record) and 1840s (8 records).


On-line Articles and Bibliography relating to the Blackburn Jewish Community


On Third Party websites


Blackburn Jewish Cemetery Information

There is a Jewish cemetery in Blackburn.

  • Blackburn Cemetery, Jewish Section, Whalley New Road, Blackburn BB1. Opened 1900. Earliest marked grave is dated August 1906. Cemetery was restored in 1997, following years of neglect. It remains in occasional use.

(For additional details, see also IAJGS Cemeteries Project - Blackburn).



Blackburn Jewish Population Data



  (The Jewish Year Book 1896)



  (The Jewish Year Book 1900)



  (The Jewish Year Book 1910)



  (The Jewish Year Book 1935)



  (The Jewish Year Book 1946)


25 families

  (The Jewish Year Book 1950)



  (The Jewish Year Book 1956)



  (The Jewish Year Book 1981)

Jewish Congregations in Lancashire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 21 August 2005
Consolidation of Blackburn community and Hebrew Congregation pages: 6 August 2017
Latest revision or update: 24 December 2019



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