Town of South Shields
The port of South Shields (population approximately 80,000) is in the metropolitan borough of South Tyneside (which, until 1986, was a district) in the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear, in the North East of England. Until 1974, South Shields was a county borough in County Durham. It lies on the south side of the Tyne estuary, opposite North Shields, about 7 miles east of Newcastle and 8 miles north of Sunderland.
The former South Shields Synagogue, 25 Beach Road, now offices
South Shields Jewish Community
Jews began to settle in South Shields in the mid-nineteenth century and a community was established by the 1880's with a synagogue building being acquired in 1897. Although for most of its existence there was a single Jewish congregation in the town, the South Shields Hebrew Congregation, for a few years in the early part of the twentieth century there was a rival congregation. A Jewish cemetery was in use from 1899. The synagogue closed in the 1990s and the community is now defunct.
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