the former

Peace & Tranquillity Synagogue

(Buckle Street Synagogue, formerly Mansell Street Synagogue)

London E1




Page created: 22 July 2007
Latest revision or update: 23 February 2015

Congregation Data

Official Name:

Peace & Tranquillity Synagogue (or Peace & Tranquillity Chevra)

Alternative Names:

Buckle Street Synagogue

Mansell Street Synagogue (initially)


26 Buckle Street, Leman Street, London E1,
prior thereto, Mansell Street, Aldgate, London E1, from 1880's to early 1900's.

(Apparently, in error, referred to in Geoffrey Alderman's history of "The Federation of Synagogues 1887-1987" as the 'Marshall Street chevra".)

Street Locations:

Buckle Street runs east some 300 feet from Leman Street, in London's East End, about 300 feet south of the junction of Whitechapel High Street and Commercial Road. It is parallel with the former Little Alie Street section of Alie Street (150 feet to the south).

Mansell Street is about 500 feet west of Buckle Street, and runs south some 1,000 feet from Aldgate High Street (opposite Middlesex Street). It is parallel with Leman Street (500 feet to the east) and Minories (400 feet to the west).

Date Founded:

Between 1881 to 1887

Current Status:

Closed on or after 1910 (based on date of list of members (see below).

The latest entry in marriage register (according to which, the congregation merged with Little Alie Street Synagogue) was 1908


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


One of the congregations that attended the meeting of 16 October 1887 to form the Federation of Synagogues, and became one of the original federated synagogues on 6 November 1887. 

Membership Data:

1896     -  50 members (source)

1905     -  60 members (source)

1909/10 - 22 members (as per List of Members, reproduced from document deposited with LMA)

Local Government Districts:

Buckle Street and the southern section of Mansell Street are in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London. The northern 400 feet of Mansell Street is in the City of London.

Previously, Buckle Street and southern Mansell Street were in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) in the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965. They were also within the civil parish of Whitechapel (which was in the former County of Middlesex until 1889) and which, from 1856 to 1900, was a constituent of the Whitechapel District.

The civil parish of Whitechapel was abolished in 1927, being absorbed into Stepney Borough parish, which itself was abolished in 1965.

Registration Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - Whitechapel
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
Since 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which now holds the registers)

Other  Congregation Information

  • Synagogue & Other Records:

    • Marriage Register (first entry 26 February 1901; last entry 5 January 1908) deposited with Tower Hamlets Register Office (ref: s35).
      The Board of Deputies (ref:16/38a/1) also holds a copy of the register and gives the reason for cessation as "amalgamated with Little Alie Street".

  • Bibliography:

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations of the London East End

Greater London home page

List of Federation of Synagogues Congregations

Explanation of Terms Used




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