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Stockton-on-Tees Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham



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The Town of Stockton-on-Tees

The borough of Stockton-on-Tees, in the North East of England, has a population of about 175,000 and, since 1996, has been unitary authority.  Prior to then, Stockton-on-Tees was a district of the now defunct metropolitan county of Cleveland, which had been formed in 1974. After the abolition of Cleveland in 1996, part of the borough of Stockton-on-Tees (including the core of the town itself and other areas that had been part of County Durham until 1974) was placed for ceremonial purposes in County Durham, although the area to the east of the river Tees, that had been part of the North Riding of Yorkshire, was placed for ceremonial purposes in North Yorkshire.  From 1968 to 1974, Stockton-on-Tees was part of the county borough of Teeside, which had merged the municipal borough of Stockton-on-Tees (with different boundaries from the present borough) with the county borough of Middlesbrough. The world's first railway line, opened in 1825, ran from Stockton to Darlington.

Stockton-on-Tees Jewish Community

Jews began to settle in Stockton-on-Tees in the 1860s and Jewish community activity dates from the 1870s. A cemetery was opened in 1884 and the Stockton-on-Tees Synagogue (the only organised Jewish congregation known to have existed in the town) was built in 1906. There were never more than about 35 Jewish families in the Stockton. Numbers began to decline following World War II and the synagogue was closed in 1971.

Congregation Data


Stockton-on-Tees Synagogue


The Synagogue, Hartington Road, Stockton-on-Tees, from 1906 (consecrated by the Chief Rabbi in October 1906).
Previously services were held from 1884 in a room at the Crow's Nest, a tavern in Skinner Street, Stockton-on-Tee, and prior thereto, in private homes.

Date Formed:

An organised community appears to have existed from the 1870s, although it was not until 1884 that the congregation acquire its first synagogue (a room in a tavern in Skinner Street). 

Current Status:

Closed - 1971 (amalgamated with Middlesbrough Hebrew Congregation, some four miles away) Synagogue building sold in 1972 to Church of the Nazarene.


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Congregation Numbers:

1884 -   15 seatholders (Board of Deputies Returns)
1890 -   15 seatholders (Board of Deputies Returns)
1900 -   14 seatholders (Board of Deputies Returns)


 Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Stockton-on-Tees include:


Stockton-on-Tees  Cemetery,  1885-2001 (134 records*)
*A search in the database may also reveal duplicates of these records on the JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Register (JOWBR).


Articles and Other Online Material
on the Stockton-on-Tees Jewish Community



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

Educational & Theological

  • Sabbath School (founded 1881)

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

  • Chovevi Zion Association branch (founded 1894)

  • Orphan Aid Society branch (founded 1896)

* As listed in the Jewish Year Books 1896 & 1900.


Stockton-on-Tees Jewish Cemetery Information

The Cemetery is the Jewish section of the Stockton Old Municipal Cemetery, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton TS18. The earliest burial dates from 1885. It contains some 70 graves.

Burial records of the cemetery are in the All-UK Database and JOWBR (see above).

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Stockton-on-Tees)


Stockton-on-Tees Jewish Population Data


          First Jewish settlement


about 100

(The Jewish Year Book 1896/7)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)



(The Jewish Year Book 1947)

Jewish Congregations in County Durham

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