the former

Falmouth Jewish Congregation

& Jewish Community

Falmouth, Cornwall



Town of Falmouth

Falmouth, a port on the south coast of Cornwall in southwest England, has a population of about 20,000.

It was a municipal borough until 1974, when it was merged with neighbouring localities to form the local government (non-metropolitan) district of Carrick. In April 2009, the district of Carrick and all other local government districts in Cornwall were abolished, and Cornwall became a unitary authority.

The Falmouth Jewish Community

Jews were settled in Falmouth from at least 1720. However, the community ceased to exist by the end of the nineteenth century.

Congregation Data


Falmouth Jewish Congregation

Falmouth Synagogue
© Tim Green


Synagogue built in 1806 in Gyllyng Street / Smithick Hill (or Parram Hill), previously known as Fish Street Hill, now a studio
It is a Grade II Listed Building, listed on 1 October 1975 (number 1270005). See Historic England Listing & Description

Former Address:

1766 - Hamblyn's Court (later Dunstan's or Jeffery's Court)

Current Status:

Closed about 1880 and sold in 1892.

Date Founded:

Community established by Moses Alexander in 1740.


Askenazi Orthodox


Ministers of Falmouth Congregation

Membership Data:

1845 - 9 ba'alai batim and 3 seatholders (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire)

1852 - 3 seatholders (Board of Deputies Return)

1860 - 2 seatholders (Board of Deputies Return)


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Falmouth include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Falmouth during the 1770s (2 records), 1800s (16 records), 1810s (10 records); 1820s (17 records), 1830s (19 records), 1840s (28 records), 1850s (34 records), 1860s (4 records), 1870s (3 records) and 1880s (1 record).


On-line Articles and Other Material
relating to the Falmouth Jewish Community


on third parties' websites


Falmouth Jewish Cemetery Information

Courtesy Len van der Put, 1982

Falmouth had its own Jewish cemetery:

  • Falmouth Jews' Burial Ground, A39 Falmouth Road, Penryn, Ponsharden, Falmouth TR10 8AB. Established about 1780, the cemetery contains over 50 recorded burials, of which over 30 have in-situ legible gravestones. The earliest in-situ gravestone is dated 1790 and the latest 1868, apart from a burial in 1913, long after the Falmouth Jewish community had dispersed. The cemetery is one of the disused cemeteries administered by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.
    The cemetery is a Scheduled Monument, listed from 17 October 2002 (latest amendment 20 December 2019 (number 1020815). See Historic England Listing & Description


 Courtesy Len van der Put, 1982

 Articles and other material on JCR-UK:

Tombstone Inscriptions at Falmouth Jewish Cemetery, transcribed by Rabbi Dr. Bernard Susser (a section of Rabbi Susser's "Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in S. W. England - Studies in Anglo-Jewish History No. 3", which includes an Introduction that also makes reference to Falmouth). Part of the Susser Archive.

Under the heading "Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places", the ecclesiastical.com website lists 10 places "that have witnessed some of the most important historic events connected to a belief; mythological, supernatural or spiritual", which list includes Falmouth Jewish Cemetery, along with the likes of Stonehenge, Canterbury Cathedral and Holy Island of Lindisfame, along with Brick Lane Mosque (formerly Machzike Hadath's Spitalfield Great Synagogue).

(For additional information, see also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Falmouth)


Falmouth Jewish Population Data


14 families

(Jewish Chronicle 18 Marh 1842)


9 heads of family - 50 individuals

(Jewish Chronicle 23 July 1847)


3 familes

(Jewish Directory, A. Myers, 1874)

Jewish Congregations in Cornwall

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Latest revision or update: 2 December 2020


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