Although Jews began to settle in South Shields in the mid-nineteenth century, with a community being established by the 1880's,
it was not until much later that a Jewish Cemetery was acquired. The first burial in this Jewish Cemetery, which is located in the
north-east corner of the Harton Cemetery, was in 1899.
The synagogue of the South Shields
Hebrew Congregation closed in the 1990s and the community is now defunct. However, the Cemetery continues in use to this day.
The layout of the Jewish Section of the Harton Cemetery can be viewed here.
The allocation of rows and grave positions used in this database is based upon the original cemetery plan.
Note that Section B of the Cemetery was initially intended for children's graves but a number of burial plots have since been doubled up for adult burials.
The term 'Unconsectrated Grave' is used in this database to describe graves for which the deceased has been
identified (from the burial records) but where no headstone or plaque has been erected. Also, for a number of the unconsecrated graves the death dates were not recorded
whereas the burial dates were. In these cases, the burial dates are given and are appropriately noted.
The headstone images given in this database are based upon those in JOWBR - by Peter Gatoff and supplemented with more recent photos by Deborah Ross.
In addition, the opportunuty has been taken to include more recent images of older headstones found on 'Findagrave.com'.
Use of these images has only been made possible by the kind permission of Findagrave contributors 'Mary Varley' and 'River Tyne Lass',
which is gratefully acknowledged.
This database covers all burials, consecrations and headstone renovations carried out prior to 31 December 2022
(257 identified graves, 179 headstone images).
Information for any individual may be displayed by first selecting the appropriate surname letter
from the list below and then selecting the required name from its corresponding
drop-down list. Navigation to the next or previous burial plot in the
Section/Row is achieved by clicking the appropriate link on the individual
burial page. Note that the final section of the drop-down list covers all of the burials for which
the grave locations have not been identified.
Each burial record includes the Reference No. from the orginal burial list (where known).
Grave locations (accurate to about a metre) can be displayed on a Google
satellite image via the button provided on each burial page.
This database has been created through the efforts and support of Alan Tobias, Peter Gatoff,
Deborah Ross and David Shulman with acknowledgement of permission to use images by Findagrave contributors
'Mary Varley' and 'River Tyne Lass'.
The GPS enhancements were developed by Alan and Derek Tobias.
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