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Torbay Jewish Community

(Torquay & Paignton)

South Devon

 

 

 

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The Borough of Torbay

The three main towns of Torbay are Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, all situated around on of the English Channel coast of Devon in South West England.  All three towns had been separate municipal boroughs until 1968 when they were amalgamated into the single county borough of Torbay.  In 1974 Torbay became a local government district of the county of Devon and, in 1998, it became a unitary authority.

The Torbay Jewish Community

The Jewish community in what is now Torbay dates from World War II, when synagogues were opened in both Torquay and Paignton, primarily by evacuees from London. The congregation in Paignton did not survive long after the War. The synagogue is Torquay continued and acquired a cemetery (in Paignton) in 1962, which is still in use. However, due to dwindling numbers, the synagogue in Torquay closed in 2000.

Jewish Congregations


The following are the Jewish congregations that existed in what is now Torbay:

 

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The records in the database associated with Torbay (Torquay & Paignton) include:

  • Burials

    • Paignton Cemetery, 1963 - 2010 (records of 90 burials, with 78 images of gravestones).

  • Census

    • 1851 for Torquay.

  • 1851 Anglo Jewry Database, including Dartmouth (5 miles to the south) (updated 2016)

    • Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in:
      Torquay during the 1790s (1 record), 1840s (2 records), 1850s (15 records), 1860s (5 records), 1870s (5 records); 1880s (3 records) and 1910s (1 record); and
      Dartmouth during the 1800s (2 records), 1810s (6 records) and 1820s (4 records).

 

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Community Records

  • Registration District (for BMD): Torbay (since 1 April 1968).

    • Previous Registration Districts:

      • For Torquay - Newton Abbot (from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1968).

      • For Paignton - Totnes (from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1968).

    • Any registers would now be held by current register office.

    • Register Office website

 

Torbay Jewish Cemeteries Information

Painton Jewish Cemetery
David Shulman 2016

The only Jewish cemetery in Torbay is the Torquay & Paignton Hebrew Congregation Cemetery (being the Jewish Section of Paignton Cemetery), which is still in use and has its own prayer hall. The cemetery is situated off Ailescombe Road, Colley End Road, Paignton, and was acquired by the community in 1962. (Prior to 1962, the community generally used the cemeteries in Plymouth and Exeter.)

(For additional information, see also IAJGS International Jewish Cemeteries Project - Paignton.)

 

Torbay Jewish Population Data

1965

128

(The Jewish Year Book 1966)

1990

50

(The Jewish Year Book 1991)

1999

20

(The Jewish Year Book 2000)


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Page created: 7 May 2006
Latest revision or update: 2 December 2019


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