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Southend-on-Sea Community

Borough of Southend-on-Sea

The seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea (which also includes the towns of Westcliff-on-Sea and Leigh-on-Sea) is in southeast England, lying on the northern shore of the Thames estuary, and has a population of nearly 160,000.  It was a county borough from 1914, until 1974, when it became a local government district (later borough) of the county of Essex.  In 1998, it became a unitary authority taking over those responsibilities previously exercised by the county council.

The Southend Jewish Community

The Southend Jewish community developed at the end of the nineteenth century, primarily from London's East End, many of the Jewish residents settling in Westcliff-on-Sea and Leigh-on-Sea. 

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Southend-on Sea:


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Southend and district include:


Southend Jewish Cemetery (Orthodox), 1877 - 2002 (10  records with surname Isaac or Isaacs).

1851 Anglo Jewry Database, including Leigh-on-Sea and Rochford (3 miles to the north) (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in:
Leigh-on-Sea during the 1810s (4 records), 1820s (15 records) and 1830s (10 records);
Rochford during the 1770s (1 record), 1780s (1 record), 1800s (1 record), 1820s (2 records) and 1860s (1 record); and
Southend-on-Sea during the 1790s (1 record).


Southend & Westcliff Jewish Cemetery Information

The is a Jewish cemetery in Southend:

  • Southend & Westcliff Jewish Cemetery, Stock Road, Sutton Road, Southend-on-Sea.

    Acquired 1962. Includes both Orthodox and Reform sections.

(For additional information, see also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Southend & Westcliff)


Southend Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)



(The Jewish Year Book 1966)



(The Jewish Year Book 2000)



(The Jewish Year Book 2004)

Jewish Congregations in Essex

Jewish Communities of England home page



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