the former

Oldham Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Oldham, Greater Manchester




Page created: 7 May 2006
Latest revision or update: 22 December 2016

Town of Oldham

Oldham was a county borough in Lancashire, lying to the northeast of Manchester. In 1974, it merged with adjoining areas (primarily from Lancashire but including districts from Yorkshire) to form the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham within new Metropolitan County of Greater Manchester.  Oldham became a unitary authority in 1986, when Greater Manchester lost its administrative status and became purely a ceremonial county.

Oldham Jewish Community

The first mention of the Oldham Jewish community was in the 1910 Jewish Year Book, which stated that the congregation consisted of ten families. No details were given of the venue. The congregationís final appearance in the Jewish Year Book was in 1938, which gave its address as 6 Clegg Street.

There were in fact several Jewish families living and working in Oldham from about 1870, mostly tailors and hawkers. My recent book ,"From Riga to Rock Street and Other Journeys; a History of the Oldham Jewish Community" tells the story of this small community which lasted until the beginning of world war two. The congregation had three venues between 1910 and 1938. The first was at 19 Sickle Street, the tailoring premises of Israel Cossack; the second, from about 1930, was a room above the furniture store belonging to David Burman; and the final meeting place, 6 Clegg Street was a room in an office building. There was never a permanent minister. Yomtov and the occasional Shabbat services were conducted by students from Manchester Yeshiva, including Joseph Segal and Woolf Sacofsky.

Hilary Thomas, July 2016          


Congregation Data


Oldham Synagogue


6 Clegg Street, Oldham, Lancashire (from 1935)

Above furnature store of David Burman (from about 1930 to about 1935)

19 Sickle Street, Oldham, Lancashire (until about 1930)

Date Formed:

Formed in about 1910 but may have closed in 1920s and reformed in 1930s

Current Status:

Closed about 1938


Ashkenazi Orthodox




Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Oldham include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Oldham during the 1830s (1 record), 1880s (3 records) and 1890s (2 records).


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


  • Bibliography (which includes From Riga to Rock Street and Other Stories: A History of the Oldham Jewish Community by Hilary Thomas, 2016)


Oldham Jewish Cemetery Information

Although the Wigan Jewish Community did not establish a Jewish cemetery in the town, the following cemetery was established by a Manchester congregation in what is now the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham.

(For additional information, see under IAJGS cemetery Project - Manchester)


Oldham Jewish Population Data


10 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1910)


9 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1916)

Greater Manchester Jewish Community home page

Street Directory of Congregations in Greater Manchester

Jewish Communities of England home page


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