Harrogate Jewish Community

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Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery


For a comprehensive history of the Harrogate Hebrew Congregation see "The History of the Harrogate Jewish Community" by Rosalyn D Livshin (published by Leeds University Press, Leeds, 1995, ISBN 10: 0085316164 / ISBN 13: 9780085316166). For the present purposes, a brief outline is provided below.

Although there are a number of Press Reports relating to the Harrogate Jewish Community dating from 1895, the Harrogate Hebrew Congregation was not established until 1918. A synagogue was opened on the present site in 1925 and the current building was erected in 1968.

Initially, it was affiliated to Leeds United Hebrew Congregation for the purposes of burial rights, but it had always been a wish of Sir Montague Burton (one of the Congregation's trustees) that Harrogate should have its own cemetery. Unfortunately, this was not realised during his lifetime. Sir Montague Burton and his wife, Lady Sophia, were buried in Gildersome Cemetery, Leeds in 1952 and 1957 respectively. Arrangements were made at the time of their interments that would make it possible for a transfer to the Stonefall Cemetery in Harrogate when it was completed. The cemetery, which adjoins the Military Cemetery off Wetherby Road, was consecrated on 24 May 1964 and Sir Montague and Lady Burton were reinterred there as the first burials in the cemetery.

Harrogate Prayer Hall

Prayer on entering the Cemetery

Those buried at this cemetery include:

  • Sir Montague and Lady Sophia Burton
  • Cecil Margolis - Honorary Alderman of Harrogate
  • Lionelle Wolfe - Honorary Life President of Harrogate Hebrew Congregation

It should be noted that the Stonefall Military Cemetery includes the graves of six Jewish Servicemen, identified by the Magen David on their headstones. There may other Jewish Servicemen buried there but their religion cannot be confirmed.

The "virtual" cemetery provided here contains details of 179 burials in the Jewish Cemetery and 6 Jewish burials in the Military cemetery. It has been assembled from digital photographs of the headstones. The layout of Stonefall Jewish Cemetery, including the row assignments, can be viewed here and the layout of the Military Cemetery can be accessed here

This database covers all burials and consecrations up to 30 September 2014.

Information for any individual may be displayed by first selecting the appropriate surname letters 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.

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This database has been created through the efforts and support of Malcolm Sender, Nigel Grizzard and Alan Tobias. JCR-UK Webmaster - David Shulman. It is made available here with permission of the Harrogate Hebrew Congregation.

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