Swansea Jewish Community

West Glamorgan, Wales




Page created: 13 December 2018
Latest revision or modification: 25 July 2023
page most recently amended: 17 August 2023

Townhill & Oystermouth Cemeteries


One of the first corporate actions of the early Swansea Jewish Community and the Swansea Hebrew Congregation was the leasing of a plot of land to be used as a burial ground. A Hall Day Minute dated 5th October, 1768 in the Swansea City Archives records the agreement of the Burgesses of the then Borough to the lease, and the lease itself is dated 28th November, 1768. It was for 99 years on a plot of land 30 yards by 15 yards which was part of the Town Hill and exists there today. This is usually referred to as the old cemetery, Townhill.

The Townhill cemetery is organised in five sections as shown here. Section 1 is the original and oldest part of the cemetery. Sections 2-5 were added over the years as the Congregation grew and the adjacent land was acquired. Rows within each plot are numbered from the rear wall and graves within each row are numbered from left to right.

Townhill Cemetery continued in use until the mid-1970s when a new cemetery, known as Oystermouth, was acquired, and consecrated on 7 December 1975. Since then, only a small number of burials have taken place at Townhill (largely reserved plots) with the large bulk being carried out Oystermouth. Burials at Oystermouth are arranged in three sections with rows ordered from the front and graves ordered from left to right. Paths divide the sections and run between grave numbers 9-10 and 18-19 as shown here.

The information provided in this database covers 250 years of Jewish burials in the Townhill and Oystermouth Cemeteries. It has been assembled largely from details given on the tombstones themselves plus additional information taken from the Congregation's burial registers. 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.

This database covers approximately 1,000 burials, with images for over 900 headstones, for the period up to 30 June 2023.

Grave locations (accurate to about a metre) can be displayed on a Google satellite image via the button provided on each burial page.

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This database has been created through the efforts and support of Alan Tobias, David Sandler, David Factor and Howard Sandman. Webmaster - David Shulman. It is made available here with permission of the Swansea Hebrew Congregation. The GPS enhancements were developed by Alan and Derek Tobias.

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