the former

Preston Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Preston, Lancashire



Page created: 9 October 2005
Latest revision or update: 5 June 2017

City of Preston

The city of Preston, on the river Ribble in North West England, is now the county town of Lancashire. It forms the greater part of the district of Preston, which has a population of about 130,000.  The present boundaries date from 1974, when the then borough of Preston merged with adjoining areas to form a district of the county of Lancashire.

Preston Jewish Community

A Jewish community developed in Preston towards the end of the nineteenth century and reached its peak by the end of World Wat II. Therafter it began to decline and the synagogue (congregation details below) closed in the 1980s. However, in 2014, the Lancashire and Cumbria Liberal Jewish Congregation was formed, which frequently holds services in Preston.

Congregation Data


Preston Synagogue


8a Avenham Place, Preston
(According to the Jewish Year Book 1901, there was no synagogue and services during the Festivals were held in the Temperance Hall.)

Current Status:

Closed (mid 1980's)

Date Formed:

1882, although presumably Synagogue premises were not acquired until after 1900.)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


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The records in the database associated with Preston include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Preston during the 1760s (1 record); 1810s (1 record); 1820s (2 records), 1840s (12 records), 1850s (12 records), 1860s (10 records) and 1870s (5 records).


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



Preston Jewish Cemetery Information

There is a Jewish cemetery in Preston:

  • Preston Old Cemetery, Jewish Section, New Hall Lane, Preston PR1. The cemetery was established in 1913.
    The Old Cemetery is a Grade II Registered Park and Garden (number 1001617), designated on 6 June 2002. View description on Historic England website.

(See also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Preston)


Preston Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1906)



(The Jewish Year Book 1916)



(The Jewish Year Book 1920)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1956)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)

Jewish Congregations in Lancashire

Jewish Communities of England home page



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