the former

East London Synagogue

Stepney Green, London E1




Page created: 30 August 2006
Latest revision or update: 25 February 2015

Congregation Data


East London Synagogue


The synagogue was at Temple Court, 52 Rectory Square, Stepney Green, London E1 3NU, and was opened in 1877, the foundation stone having been laid in 1873.

The synagogue was designated a Grade II Listed Building (number 1065762) on 11 March 1988 (most recent amendment 11 November 1988). View description on Historic England website.

(Location: Rectory Square is a short cul-de-sac at the southern end of White House Lane, almost at the junction with Stepney Green, lying approximately half a mile south of Stepney Green Underground Station and Mile End Road.)

Date Formed:

1877 - It was the first synagogue to be erected under the auspices of the United Synagogue.

Current Status:

Building sold in 1987 (building converted to apartments). Congregates initially moved into an adjoining community centre. In 1993, remaining congregants merged with Hackney Synagogue, which changed its name to Hackney & East London Synagogue


Ashkenazi Orthodox


A constituent synagogue of the United Synagogue from 1877 until its closure. 

Membership Data:

Number of male seat-holders (source)























Local Government Districts:

Rectory Square is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

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

Rectory Square was also in the civil parish of Mile End Old Town (abolished in 1927 to be absorbed into Stepney Borough parish, which itself was abolished 1965), which was in the former County of Middlesex until 1889. From 1856 to 1900, the Vestry (council) of the Parish of Mile End Old Town was a local authority, with functions similar to that of a local government district council.

Registration Districts:

From 1 October 1857 - Mile End Old Town
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
Since 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which now holds the registers)


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The records in the database specifically associated with the East London Synagogue include:

Seatholders Lists

1885 (234 records);
1899 (301 records);
1910 (398 records);
1910 (516 records).

For a list of other London records in the Database that may also include records associated with this congregation, click here.

Other Congregation Information

  • Synagogue & Other Records:

    • 12 marriage registers (first entry 10 October 1877; latest entry 13 October 1985) are deposited with Tower Hamlets Register Office (ref: s19):

      The Board of Deputies may also be holding copies of some or all of the registers.

  • Bibliography:

    • The Lost Synagogues of London. Renton, P., 2000 (Tymsder Publications, London) 
      pp. 90-94

    • The Synagogues of London. Lindsay, P., 1993 (Valentine Mitchell, London)  p. 53-55

    • The Curious Case of Hyman Samuel - in Issue No.9  (pages 44-48) of The Cable -
      the magazine of the Jewish East End Celebration Society [2009].

    • other Tower Hamlet sources

    • other London sources

  • Cemetery Information - IAJGS Cemetery Project:

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations of the London East End

Greater London home page

List of United Synagogue Congregations

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