Guildford Jewish Community

Guildford, Surrey




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Town of Guildford

Guildford, the county town of Surrey (although not currently its administrative centre), in southeast England, has a population of about 70,000.  Guildford was a municipal borough until 1974, when it merged with the Guildford Rural District to form the local government district, later borough, of Guildford, within the county of Surrey.

The Guildford Jewish Community

There was a medieval Jewish community in Guildford - a chamber was discovered in Guildford High Street in 1995, which is widely believed to be the remains of a twelfth century synagogue. If is indeed the remains of a synagogue, it is likely to be the oldest remaining synagogue structure in Western Europe.

The modern Jewish community is believed to date back to the early twentieth century. During World War II, a number of Jews were evacuated to Guildford and United Synagogue Membership Group was formed. The community grew following the war, although a synagogue was not built until 1979.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in and around Guildford:

* An active congregation.


Community Records

  • Registration District (for BMD): Surrey (since 4 August 2008)

    • Previous Registration Districts:
         Guildford (from 1 July 1837 to 1 April 1934);
         Surrey South Western (from 1 April 1934 to 1 October 1996); and
         West Surrey (from 1 October 1996 to 4 August 2008).

    • All registers would now be held by current office.

    • Link to Register Office website


Guildford Jewish Cemeteries Information

There is a Jewish cemetery in Guildford:

  • Guildford Municipal Cemetery, Jewish Section.

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Guildford)


Guildford Jewish Population Data


about 100

(The Jewish Year Book 1966)


about 150

(The Jewish Year Book 1981)


about 120

(The Jewish Year Book 1986)



(The Jewish Year Book 1991)



(The Jewish Year Book 1998)



(The Jewish Year Book 2005)

Guildford Medieval Community

Jewish Congregations in Surrey

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Page created: 22 February 2006
Latest revision or update: 27 November 2019

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