Manchester's First Synagogues

1740 - 1806

Manchester, England




Page created: 23 December 2007
Latest revision or update: 5 March 2017

Congregations Data

Manchester's First Synagogues (to 1806)  - The origin of the Manchester community is relatively obscure. However the following congregations are believed to have existed prior to 1806:

From about 1740 to mid or late 1700's:

Deansgate Congregation  - Temporary services appear to have been held in a small passageway off Deansgate (close to line of present day John Dalton Street), which became known locally as Synagogue Passage.

1788 to 1794:

Shudehill Congregation  - In 1788, a number of Jews (predominately pedlars) under the leadership of two brothers, Jacob and Lemon Nathan, rented premises in Manchester's Old Town, around Shudehill, Long Millgate and Miller Street, for public worship

1794 to 1806:

Garden Street Congregation - In 1794, the congregation rented a former warehouse in Garden Street, Withy Grove, for public worship.

From 1806:

The congregation moved to the Ainsworth Court, Long Millgate, which became the fore-runner of the Great Synagogue

Cemetery Information:

See Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Information on 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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