the former

Liverpool New Hebrew Congregation

Greenbank Drive Synagogue

Liverpool, Mersyside




Page created: 22 August 2005
Latest revision or update: 25 September 2017

The abandoned Greenbank Drive Synagogue

Congregation Data

Alternative Name:

Liverpool New Hebrew Congregation, generally known as
Greenbank Drive Synagogue.


Greenbank Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AN (building on lease from the City Corporation)
The foundation stone had been laid on 14 June 1936 by Baron Tobias Globe attended by the then Chief Rabbi, Dr J H Hertz. The building was consecrated on 15 August 1937 and opened by Professor Henry Cohen (later Lord Cohen of Birkenhead.

The building suffered two fires. In May 1959 a fire started by a burglar destroyed the Ark and Torah scrolls and part of the roof structure. The building was restored at a cost of 50,000 and re-consecrated in 1961. In 1965, a further fire occured in two first floor offices behind the ladies' gallery and was confined to that area.

The synagogue was designated a Grade II* Listed Building (number 1298791) on 12 May 1983. View description on Historic England website.

Date Founded:

Established in 1936/7 as the successor to the Hope Place Hebrew Congregation (established about 1838) and incorporating the Sefton Park Hebrew Congregation.  

Current Status:

Due to dwindling numbers the Congregation closed in January 2008. Synagogue building was abandoned (see video below). In January 2017, there was a press report that the building was to be converted into 36 apartments.


Orthodox - Ashkenazi

Membership Data:

1938 - 340 members (The Jewish Year Book 1939)
1955 - 582 members (The Jewish Year Book 1956)
1999 - 120  (Board of Deputies)

Cemetery Information:

The Congregation used the Long Lane Jewish Cemetery. See Liverpool Jewish Cemeteries Information on Liverpool Jewish Community home page


On-line Article and Other Material relating to this Congregation

on Third Party websites


Congregational Records

Registration District (BDM):

  • Liverpool (since 1 October 1969) - Register Office website

  • Previously (from founding of congregation) until 1 October 1969, Liverpool divided into two registration districts: Liverpool South and Liverpool North.
    (All records would now be held by current office.)

  • Worship Number: 57731

At Liverpool Records Office:

  • 1885*-1965: minute books, Ladies' Guild minute books, annual reports and papers. (ref: 3168, 3178; NRA catalogue reference: NRA 30751 Liverpool Greenbank)

  • 1878*-20th century: records (ref: Acc 4893, 5482).

  • 18th*-20th century: minutes and accounts, deeds relating to Green Lane Cemetery (ref: Acc 5713)

* includes predecessor congregation

At London Metropolitan Archives:

  • Membership lists (acc/3121/DO2 - LMA ref: 068 1959-1965)

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