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Plymouth Jewish Community

City of Plymouth

The city of Plymouth, an historic port on the south coast of Devon in South West England, has a population of about 240,000.  The county borough of Plymouth, created 1889, had been enlarged a number of times by incorporation of adjoining localities, including the incorporation of the municipal borough of Devonport in 1914.  In 1974, Plymouth lost its county borough status becoming a local government district within the county of Devon.  However, in 1974, it once again became a unitary authority, remaining within Devon for ceremonial purposes.

Plymouth Synagogue
Plymouth Synagogue
ęDavid Shulman 2016

Plymouth Jewish Community

The Jewish community in Plymouth dates fromthe 1740s and the Plymouth Synagogue is the oldest extant Ashkenazi synagogue still in use in the English-speaking world.

The Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that have existed in Plymouth:


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Plymouth include:


Extracts for Plymouth for  1841 / 1851 / 1861 / 1871 / 1881 / 1891 (1,612 records).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Plymouth during the 1760s (1 record); 1770s (2 records), 1780s (11 records), 1790s (14 records), 1800s (33 records), 1810s (67 records); 1820s (94 records), 1830s (135 records), 1840s (266 records), 1850s (380 records), 1860s (185 records), 1870s (102 records), 1880s (60 records), 1890s (13 records), 1900s (8 records) and 1910s (2 records).


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

on JCR-UK, as part of the Susser Archive


See below for On-line Articles relating to Plymouth's Jewish cemeteries

See also Plymouth Synagogue home page for additional articles and other material relating solely to the Plymouth Synagogue.


Other Plymouth Jewish Institutions & Organisations

Educational & Theological

  • Jack Nathan School (founded 1869)

Other Institutions & Organisations
(that had been formed by 1900*)

  • Ladies' Hebrew Benevolent Society (founded about 1830).

  • 'Hand-in-Hand' Charitable Society (founded 1861).

  • Chovevi Zion Association Branch (founded by 1896)

  • Anglos-Jewish Association Branch (founded by 1896)

  • Sick Visiting Society (founded by 1900)

* As listed in the Jewish Directory of 1874 and the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900.


Plymouth Jewish Cemeteries Information

Plymouth has two Jewish cemeteries

  • The Plymouth Hoe Old Jews' Burial Ground, Lambhay Hill, The Hoe Plymouth PL1. Burial date from 1744. The Cemetery was extended in 1758, 1811 and 1815. The cemetery is no longer in use but is still maintained by the community.

    Articles on JCR-UK:

  • Gifford Place Jewish Cemetery, rear of 49 Gifford Place, Mutley Plymouth PL3. Opened in 1868 and still in use.

(See also IAJGS International Jewish Cemeteries Project - Plymouth)


Plymouth Jewish Population Data


  Community founded (opening of Jewish Cemetery)



(The Jewish Year Book 1898/9)



(The Jewish Year Book 1916)



(The Jewish Year Book 1934



(The Jewish Year Book 1945/6)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1992)



(The Jewish Year Book 2006)

Jewish Congregations in Devon

Jewish Communities of England home page



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