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Commercial Road Great Synagogue

Commercial Road, London E1




Page created: 4 December 2006
Latest revision or update: 24 February 2015

Congregation Data


Commercial Road Great Synagogue

Alternative Name:

Great Synagogue


262 Commercial Road, London E1.

(Location: Commercial Road is a major road in London's East End. Forming part of the A13, it extends east some two miles from Gardiners Corner (Aldgate East Underground Station) in the west to the junction with Burdett Road, Limehouse, in the east, where the road continues as the East India Dock Road.

The synagogue was on the south side of Commercial Road, about three-quarters of a mile east of Gardiners Corner.)

Date Founded:

1920 - although may have been preceded by earlier Commercial Street Synagogue.

Current Status:

Closed, after 1968. Amalgamated with East London Central Synagogue


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


An affiliated synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues, subsequently becoming an constituent synagogue. However, a section of its members were, and same may still be, affiliated for burial rights to the West End Great Synagogue.

Local Government Districts:

Commercial Road is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created in 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, Commercial Road was in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) in the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

Commercial Road ran through a number of civil parishes. It started in the east in the civil parish of Whitechapel, then it formed the boundary between the civil parish of St George in the East (in which was situated the Commercial Road Great Synagogue) and the civil parish of Mile End Old Town, then moved fully into the civil parish of Mile End Old Town, then into the civil parish of Ratcliff, and finally into the civil parish of Limehouse. The civil parish of Ratcliff was abolished in 1921, being absorbed into Limehouse and the other civil parishes mentioned were abolished in 1927, being absorbed into Stepney Borough parish, which was abolished in 1965.

Registration Districts:

From 1 October 1857 - St George in the East
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
Since 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets  (which now holds the registers)

Other Congregation Information

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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