Cockfosters and N Southgate Synagogue

Southgate, London N.14.




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Congregation Data


Cockfosters and N Southgate Synagogue
(Sometimes referred to simply as Southgate Synagogue)


Old Farm Avenue, Southgate, London N14 5QR. The site was acquired in 1949 and the synagogue was ready for consecration in 1954. By 1959 the building was too small for the growing congregation and it was rebuilt in 1965. In 1978 structural defects caused the roof of the hall to collapse. The building has since been restored.

Members of the congregation also hold services in Cockfosters and also used to hold services in Hadley Wood .

Current Status:


Date Founded:

The Congregation commenced life as an offshoot of Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue in 1944, when Jewish inhabitants of the Oakwood/Cockfosters area began renting "The Hollies", the British Legion Hall, Nursery Road, Southgate, for the holding of services. It become a separate congregation in 1948.


Orthodox - Ashkenazi

Satellite Congregation:

From the mid 1990s until it became an independent congregation in 2012, the Hadley Wood Jewish Community was a satellite congregation of this Congregation


A affiliated synagogue of the United Synagogue from 1948, becoming a district synagogue in 1952 and later a member (or constituent) synagogue.



Membership Data:

1948 -  149 male seatholders (United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman, 1977, pp 218/9)

1950 -  199 male seatholders (ditto)

1960 -  661 male seatholders (ditto)

1970 -  984 male seatholders (ditto)

1999 -  000 members (Board of Deputies Report)

2006 -  1,100 members (Congregation's website)

Local Government Districts:

The North London suburb of Southgate is the western section of the London Borough of Enfield (created on 1 April 1965), within the administrative area of Greater London. (The suburb of Cockfosters is partly in the London Borough of Enfield and partly in the London Borough of Barnet.)

Southgate (as well as part of Cockfosters) was previously in the former Municipal Borough of Southgate (incorporated as a borough in 1933) in the former County of Middlesex, both of which entities were abolished in 1965.

Marriage Certification:

Group: Board of Deputies;
Worship Number: 64913

Registration Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - Edmonton
From 1 October 1947 - Wood Green
Since 1 April 1965 - London Borough of Enfield (which would now hold any registers)

Cemetery Information:

See IAJGS Cemeteries Project: Cemeteries of the United Synagogue

Other Congregation Information

  • Bibliography:

    • The History of the Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue, Frayman, J. , Heritage No.1, Jewish Research Group of the Edmonton Hundred Historical Society, 1982.

    • other Enfield sources

    • other London sources

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Enfield

Jewish Congregations in Greater London

Greater London home page

List of United Synagogue Congregations



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