Cockfosters and N Southgate Synagogue

Southgate, London N14




Page created: 3 September 2003
Latest revision or update: 14 February 2018

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:

Number of male seat-holders(i):









1999 -  1,000 members(ii)

2006 -  1,100 members (iii)

Local Government Districts:

The North London suburb of Southgate is the western section of the London Borough of Enfield and was previously (until 1965) in the former Municipal Borough of Southgate.(iv) (The suburb of Cockfosters is partly in the London Borough of Enfield and partly in the London Borough of Barnet.(v))

Registration District (BDM):

Enfield(vi) - Register Office website

Worship Number: 64913

Cemetery Information:

For United Synagogue cemeteries, see Cemeteries of the United Synagogue.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by A. Newman (1977), pp.218/9.

  • (ii) Board of Deputies Report.

  • (iii) Congregation's website.

  • (iv) The London Borough of Enfield, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the Municipal Boroughs of Southgate, Enfield and Edmonton. All areas had been within the former County of Middlesex.

  • (v) The London Borough of Barnet, an Outer London Borough within the Greater London administrative area, was created on 1 April 1965 upon the merger of the Urban Districts of Barnet and East Barnet (both of which had been part of the county of Hertfordshire) with the Urban District of Friern Barnet and the Municipal Boroughs of Finchley and Hendon (all of which had been in the former county of Middlesex). 

  • (vi) The former Registration Districts were Wood Green, until 1 April 1965, and Edmonton, from formation of the congregation until 1 October 1947. All registers would now be held by current register office.


Bibliography, On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to this Congregtion


  • Selected Bibliography:

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

    • other Enfield bibliography and sources.

List of United Synagogue Congregations

Jewish Congregations in the London Borough of Enfield

Jewish Congregations in Greater London

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