the former

Great Yarmouth Jewish Congregation

& Jewish Community

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk



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The Town of Great Yarmouth

The coastal town and seaside resort of Great Yarmouth, frequently just known as Yarmouth, is situated on the eastern coast of East Anglia and has a population of approximately 60,000.  It forms the main town of the Borough and district of Great Yarmouth in the county of Norfolk.

Great Yarmouth Jewish Community

There was a medieval Jewish community in Great Yarmouth. The modern Jewish community dates from the eighteenth century, when a Jewish congregation, now defunct, was established.

Congregation Data


Great Yarmouth Jewish Congregation


Row 42 (situated off Market Place), known as Synagogue Row or Jews Row. In 1846/7, the new synagogue building was consecrated in place of an earlier one that had become dilapidated. It was closed in 1877, although . 

Previously in Row 108.

Date Formed:

In eighteenth century

Current Status:

The synagogue initially closed in 1877. However, services continued for some time in private houses. In 1899, the congregation was reconstituted and the synagogue was taken over again, but was later closed.


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Great Yarmouth
from Statistical Accounts of all the Congregations in the British Empire, 1845

YARMOUTH, No. of individuals 48. M. Cohen, Shochet

Are Mitzvot sold?


Is there a Mikvah?


Burial Ground?


Charitable Institutions


EDUCATION AND GENERAL REMARKS. ‘Want of Union, often serious disturbances.’


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Great Yarmouth include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database - includes also Lowestoft, Suffolk (10 miles to the south) (updated 2016)

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in:
Great Yarmouth during the 1770s (1 record), 1780s (2 records), 1790s (4 records), 1800s (7 records); 1810s (14 records); 1820s (21 records), 1830s (32 records), 1840s (35 records), 1850s (68 records), 1860s (12 records), 1870s (5 records), 1880s (6 records), 1890s (3 records) and 1900s (2 records); and
Lowestoft during the 1820s (1 record), 1830s (3 records), 1850s (7 records), 1880s (3 records) and 1890s (1 record).


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


on third parties' websites

  • Jewish Encyclopaedia article on Yarmouth by Joseph Jacobs and Victor Rousseau Emanuel, c-1906.


Great Yarmouth Jewish Cemetery Information

The following is the known Jewish cemeteries in Great Yarmouth:

  • The Old Jews' Burial Ground, Alma Road, Great Yarmouth

    The cemetery was acquired under a lease dated 1801, the freehold being purchased in 1838. Visible headstones date from 1802 to 1853. The cemetery was closed in 1854. Only about 11 headstones remain, semi legible, in two rows.

    See Photographs from Great Yarmouth Old Jewish Burial Grounds on JCR-UK

  • Great Yarmouth Old Cemetery, Jewish Section, Kitchener Road, Great Yarmouth

    Opened in 1855, with known burials dating from 1858 to 1936. there are approximaely 40 burials recorded, although less than 25 headstones survive.

  • Caister Cemetery, Jewish Section, Ormsby Road, Caister-on-Sea

    Burials here date from 1929. There have been about a dozen burials in the Jewish Section (for which 150 plots were reserved).

(For additional information, see also IAJGS Cemetery Project - Great Yarmouth)


Great Yarmouth Jewish Population Data


10 families

(The Jewish Chronicle, 22 August 1842)


10 families

(The Jewish Year Book 1900/01)



(The Jewish Year Book 1935)


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