Great Garden Street Synagogue

Greatorex Street, London E.1.




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Congregation Data


Great Garden Street Synagogue


7/11 Greatorex Street (formerly Great Garden Street), Whitechapel, London E1 5NF

(Location: Greatorex Street, formerly known as Great Garden Street, in London's East End, extends south for approximately 900 feet, from Hanbury Street to Whitechapel Road, crossing over Old Montague Street. It runs parallel to Vallance Street (the southern section of which was previously known as Baker's Row), some 1,000 feet to the east, and Brick Lane / Osborne Street, some 800 feet to the west.)

Date Founded:


Current Status:

Closed, after 1991

Incorporated Congregations:

Lodzer Synagogue


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Was a constituent synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues, although a section of members were, and same may still be, affiliated for burial rights to the West End Great Synagogue.

Membership Data:

1905  -  151 members (source)

1915  -  158 members (source)


Rev. Louis Levy Shaposnick - 1941 to 1982

Local Government Districts:

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

Previously, Great Garden / Greatorex Street was in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) within the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

The part of the street north of Old Montague Street (some 600 feet) was in the civil parish of Mile End New Town and the part south of Old Montague Street (some 300 feet) was in the civil parish of Whitechapel. Both civil parishes were in the former County of Middlesex until 1889 and each formed a constituent part of the Whitechapel District from 1856 to 1900

The civil parish of Mile End New Town was abolished in 1921, being absorbed into the civil parish of Whitechapel, which itself was abolished in 1927 to be absorbed into Stepney Borough parish (until that parish's abolition 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)

Photographs & Other Congregation Information

  • Photographs:

  • Synagogue & Other Records:

    • At least 10 marriage registers (first entry 31 July 1898; latest entry on or after 27 January 1957) are deposited with Tower Hamlets Register Office (ref: s12):

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

  • Bibliography:

    • The Synagogues of London. Lindsay, P., 1993 (Valentine Mitchell, London)  pp. 64-65

    • Plaque to Reverend Louise Levy Shaposnick and the Great Garden Street Synagogue. 2009, Issue No. 10 of the Cable - the magazine of the Jewish East End Celebration Society, pp 28-30.

    • 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 Federation of Synagogues Congregations

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