the former

Wigan Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Wigan, Greater Manchester




Page created: 25 March 2006
Latest revision or update: 25 December 2016

Town of Wigan

Wigan was a county borough in Lancashire, lying to the northwest of Manchester. In 1974, it merged with adjoining areas (all of which had been in Lancashire) to form the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan within new Metropolitan County of Greater Manchester.  Wigan became a unitary authority in 1986, when Greater Manchester lost its administrative status and became purely a ceremonial county.

Wigan Jewish Community

A Jewish community developed in Wigan in the 1880s but continued only until the early years of the twentieth century.

Congregation Data


Wigan Synagogue

also known as the Wigan Hebrew Congregation


22 Bold Street, Wigan.  For some years, until about 1900, the were two rival congregations

Date Formed:


Current Status:

Closed.  It appears that the synagogue closed in about 1908, although details of the congregation continued to appear in the Jewish Year Books for many years thereafter.


1886 - 1889

Rev Myer Berkowitz

1900 - 1903

Rev Jacob Lazarus Goldstone

1903 - 1905

Rev Woolfe Hirshowitz (also known as Hirsh), subsequently a Rabbi

For details, see Ministers of the Wigan Hebrew Congregation and their Journeys by Hilary Thomas


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Wigan include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Truro during the 1790s (1 record), 1820s (2 records) and 1830s (9 records).


On-line Article and Other Material relating to
the Wigan Jewish Community


on Third Party websites

  • "Wigan's Lost Jewish Heritage" by Richard W Jackson in Past Forward, Wigan Heritage Service, issue 59, 2012, pp.6-7. Issue available online.


Wigan Jewish Cemetery Information

There is no record of a Jewish cemetery in Wigan and the congregation presumably used cemeteries elsewhere in the Greater Manchester area. See Cemetery Information on the Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page.

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

Street Directory of Jewish Congregations in Greater Manchester

Jewish Communities of England home page


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