the former

Sidney Street Synagogue

London E.1.




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Latest revision or update:  25 February 2015

Congregation Data


Sidney Street Synagogue

Alternative Name:

Sidney Street Great Synagogue


101 Sidney Street, Commercial Road, London E1

(Location: Sidney Street runs north, for about a third of a mile, from Commercial Road (A13) to the junction of Cambridge Heath Road (A107) with Whitechapel Road and Mile End Road (A11). It is parallel to Jubilee Street, to the east, and Cavell Street, to the west.)

Sidney Street was the scene of the famous "Siege of Sidney Street", also known as the "Battle of Stepney", of 3 January 1911. Preceded by the "Houndsditch Murders" of three policeman, the siege ended with the deaths of two members of the gang of burglars and international anarchists supposedly led by Peter Piatkow, a.k.a. "Peter the Painter".

Date Founded:

By 1915 (source)

Current Status:

Closed about 1954 (source)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


An affiliated synagogue of the Federation of Synagogues.
In 1940's, was associated with the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC).

Membership Data:

1915  -  70 members (source)

Local Government Districts:

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

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

Sidney Street had been part of the civil parish of Mile End Old Town, which was abolished in 1927, to be absorbed into Stepney Borough parish, which was abolished in 1965.

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)

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

List of UOHC Congregations

Explanation of Terms Used




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