East Anglian Jewry
in Victorian Britain




Extract from papers on
Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain

Papers prepared by Dr. (later Prof.) Aubrey Newman for a conference at University College, London, convened on 6 July 1975 by the Jewish Historical Society of England
(Reproduced here with Prof. Newman's kind consent)

Paper first published on JCR-UK: 17 August 2016
Latest revision: 7 May 2017

Papers on East Anglia

KING'S LYNN (Norfolk)

Published Data

A  -  A new synagogue was built at 9 High Street in 1826, and the cemetery was opened in 1830.
In 1842 there were 7 families. The income was 21.10s.9d. a year. The rent of the synagogue was 6. The Ladies' Charitable Society clothed poor families, In 1843 there were 16 seatholders, but the last entry in the congregation records is dated 28 February 1846. The community disappeared shortly after that date.
[Primarily, The Rise of Provincial Jewry by Cecil Roth (1950)].

by Harry Levine

(For the Community's history, see "King's Lynn" in Cecil Roth's "The Rise of Provincial Jewry", 1950)

Kings Lynn figures prominently in Cecil Roth's The Rise of Provincial Jewry but by the middle of the nineteenth century it shared the same fate as Ipswich. Cecil Roth records, "The last entry in the extant congregational records is dated February 28th 1846". Now, there is not one Jewish family living in Kings Lynn, at least there is no Jewish family on the membership register of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation.

The Burial Ground, situated in Millfleet, opposite the Carnegie library in the middle of the town, was acquired in 1830 in the names of Hart-Jones, silversmith; Daniel De Pass, clothier; Judah Hynes, optician; and Isaac Sampson, tobacconist, is enclosed within four walls. The keys are in the possession of the Librarian, and two years ago there were four tombstones, barely legible; the grass had been replaced by gravel stones, which kept the cemetery in good condition.


Introduction to Papers on East Anglia

Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain - List of Contents

King's Lynn Jewish Community home page

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