Scarborough Street Synagogue

(formerly Gun Yard "Polish" Synagogue)

City of London, London E.C.3.




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Latest revision or update: 18 February 2015

Congregation Data


Scarborough Street Synagogue

Former Name:

The Gun Yard "Polish" Synagogue or Gun Square "Polish" Synagogue


Scarborough Street, Goodman's Fields, London E1

Previously in Mansell Street, London E1 (from at least 1870)

And prior thereto, in Gun Yard (or Gun Square), off Hounsditch, London E.C.3.

Street Locations:

Mansell Street runs south some 1,000 feet from Aldgate High Street (opposite Middlesex Street) to Prescott (formerly Great Prescott) Street and the new Tower Gateway DLR Station. It is parallel with Leman Street (500 feet to the east) and Minories (400 feet to the west).

Scarborough Street (some 500 feet long) lies to the east of Mansell Street and runs east-west, parallel with and 300 feet to the north of Prescott Street.

The locality of Gun Square, previously known as Gun Yard, has been redeveloped and the square/yard no longer exists. It lay to the east of the southern end of Hounsditch, approximately in the current position of St. Botolph Building. (Not to be confused with Gun Street in Spitalfields, further to the North.)

Date Formed:

1792 - one of the three minor congregations established in London in the eighteenth century. The others were the Rosemary Lane Congregation and the Cutler Street "Polish" Synagogue.

Current Status:

Closed, 1920's (source)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Initially, may have been a dependency of the New Synagogue.
Was 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:

1870  - 130 members (source)

1896  -   52 members (source)

1905  -   83 members (source)

1915  -   96 members (source)

Local Government Districts:

City of London:

Gun Yard/Square was, and the northern section of Mansell Street is, in the Portsoken Ward of the City of London, within the administrative area of Greater London. Until the abolition in 1908 of civil parishes in the City, they were within the parish of St. Botolph Without Aldgate.


Scarborough Street and the central and southern sections of Mansell Street are in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, they were in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney (established 1900) within the County of London (established 1889), both of which entities were abolished in 1965. These roads were also in the civil parish of Whitechapel (in the former County of Middlesex until 1889), which was abolished in 1927 by absorption into Stepney Borough parish (until that parish's abolition in 1965). The civil parish of Whitechapel formed a constituent part of the Whitechapel District from 1856 to 1900.

Registration Districts:

Since 1 July 1837 - City of London

From 1 July 1837 - Whitechapel
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
Sonce 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which may now hold the registers)

Other Congregation Information

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations in the City of London and London East End

Greater London home page

List of Federation of Synagogues Congregations

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