the former

Burnley Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Burnley, Lancashire




Page created: 22 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 14 December 2016

Town of Burnley

The town of Burnley, in North West England, with a population of about 75,000, forms the greater part of the district and borough of Burnley. The present boundaries date from 1974, when the county borough of Burnley merged with adjoining areas to form a district of the county of Lancashire.

Burnley Jewish Community

The community dates back to the end of the nineteenth century. The following are details of the sole Jewish congregation known to have existed in Burnley.

Congregation Data


Burnley Synagogue

Alternative Name:

Burnley Hebrew Congregation


There were plans to build a synagogue in the early 1920's, but is uncertain whether any construction took place, and if it did, it is not clear as to the location of the synagogue.

A synagogue had been situated at 20 Sandy Gate, Burnley from the mid 1890's.

Date Formed:

Services were first held, for the High Holy Days, in September 1894. A synagogue, at 20 Sandy Gate, consecrated on 25 August 1895, was reputedly the private property of the then vice-president (also referred to as the president) of the congregation, Mr. S. Shabbatt of Nelson, supported by voluntary contributions. 

However, Jewish Year Books from 1906 onwards give the year of founding of the Congregation as 1906. It is uncertain what the relationship was between the "1895 Congregation" and "1906 Congregation" and whether the community continued to use the Sandy Road property.

For additional details see History

Current Status:

Closed. Although the Burnley Hebrew Congregation continued to appear in Jewish Year Books until 1939, according to a Jewish Chronicle press report of 28 June 1935, the "Synagogue was closed eight or nine years ago".

For additional details see History



Registration Districts:

From 1 July 1837 - Burnley
From 1 April 1974 - Burnley & Pendle
Since 1 June 2006 - Lancashire (which would now hold any registers)


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Burnley Jewish Cemetery Information

There is no record of a Jewish cemetery in Burnley.


Burnley Jewish Population Data



(The Jewish Year Book 1895/96)


4 families

(The Jewish Chronicle, 28 June 1935)

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