the former

King's Lynn Jewish Community

and Synagogues

King's Lynn, Norfolk




Page created: 25 June 2005
Consolidation of Kings Lynn community & congregation pages: 7 May 2017
Last revision or update: 7 May 2017

Town of King's Lynn

The town of King's Lynn, known as Lynn and later as Bishop's Lynn in the medieval period, is situated on the estuary of the river Great Ouse in the northwest corner of East Anglia.  It has a population of approximately 45,000 and is the main town in the District of King's Lynn and West Norfolk in the county of Norfolk. The District was formed in 1974 on the merger of the municipal borough of King's Lynn with adjoining areas, and was initially just known as West Norfolk, adopting its present name in 1981.

The King's Lynn Jewish Community

There was a medieval Jewish community on Lynn (now King's Lynn).

The modern Jewish Community was founded in about 1740, but ceased to exist by the middle of the nineteenth century, although a congregation was briefly revived during mid twentieth century.

The Jewish Congregations in King's Lynn

18th-19th Century Congregation

Congregation Data


King's Lynn Old Jewish Congregation


From 1826, 9 High Street, King's Lynn

From 1811 until 1826, the community held services in private homes.

Until 1811, Tower Street, King's Lynn.

Date Formed:

Late eighteenth century

Current Status:

Closed about 1846. (The High Street premises became a Wesleyan chapel)


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Membership Data:

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

20th Century Congregation

Congregation Data


Kings Lynn Hebrew Congregation



Date Formed:

Probably in World War II by evacuees

Current Status:

Closed about 1948. (It appeared in Jewish Year Book of 1945)


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Membership Data:

1945 - about 10 families


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with King's Lynn include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in King's Lynn during the 1770s (1 record), 1780s (3 records), 1790s (4 records), 1800s (3 records), 1810s (7 records); 1820s (22 records), 1830s (21 records), 1840s (21 records), 1850s (12 records), 1860s (3 records) and 1870s (1 record).


On-line Articles and Other Material relating
 to the King's Lynn Jewish Community



King's Lynn Jewish Cemetery Information

The following is the only known Jewish cemetery in King's Lynn:

  • Millfleet Jews' Burial Ground, Stonegate Street, King's Lynn

    Dating possibly from as early as 1811, only vestiges remain and no burial records survive. There are about 18 headstones, not in situ, lon a gravel floor, largely illegibe. Administered by the Board of Deputies of British Jews since 1915.

(For additional information, see also IAJGS Cemetery Project - King's Lynn)


King's LynnJewish Population Data


7 families

(The Rise of Provincial Jewry by Cecil Roth, 1950)

Jewish Communities in Norfolk

Jewish Communities of England home page


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