Sheerness Synagogue

& Jewish Community

Sheerness, Swale, Kent



Page created: 9 November 2005
Latest revision or update: 7 May 2017

Town of Sheerness

Sheerness, with a population of about 20,000, is the largest town on the Isle of Sheppey, in the county of Kent in south-east English, situated close to the river Thames estuary. It is part of the local authority district of Swale, formed in 1974 by the amalgamation of the municipal borough of Queensborough-in-Sheppey (which comprised the whole of the Isle of Sheppey) with several other local authorities.

Sheerness Jewish Community

There was a Jewish community in Sheerness from the late eighteenth century, which had declined by the latter part of the nineteenth century.

Congregation Data


Sheerness Synagogue


Blue Town, Sheerness (between Sheppey Street and Kent Street)

Date Formed:

1790.  A new synagogue was built in 1811 and restored in 1841

Current Status:

Closed about 1900, synagogue already dilapidated (but not demolished until 1935).


Ashkenazi Orthodox

Congregation Numbers:

1845 - 2 ba'alai batim and 10 seatholders (Chief Rabbi's Questionnaire)
1853 - 15 seatholders (The Rise of Provincial Jewry - Cecil Roth)
1856 - 13 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1860 - 10 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)
1865 - 10 seatholders (Board of Deputies return)


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Sheerness include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Sheerness during the 1770s (2 records), 1780s (1 record), 1790s (5 records), 1800s (21 records); 1810s (32 records), 1820s (29 records), 1830s (13 records), 1840s (18 records), 1850s (26 records), 1860s (6 records), 1870s (5 records), 1880s (5 records) and 1900s (1 record).


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Sheerness Jewish Cemetery Information

Jewish Cemeteries in and around Sheerness

  • Sheerness Old Jews' Burial Ground, between 2 and 4 Hope Street, Sheerness ME12. Opened 1804 and last burial believed in 1855. Among the disused cemeteries administered by the Board of Deputies.

  • Isle of Sheppey Cemetery, Jewish Section, Halfway Road, Minster on Sea, ME12 (also known as Halfway or Queensborough Cemetery). A very small unused cemetery, in use from 1859 to 1899. Maintenace funded by the Board of Deputies.

(See also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Sheerness)


Sheerness Jewish Population Data


5 families

The Rise of Provincial Jewry by Cecil Roth, 1950)


Jewish Congregations in Kent

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