the former

The United Workmen's and Wlodowa Synagogue

Cheshire Street, London E1




Page created: 7 December 2006
Latest revision or update: 25 February 2015

Congregation Data

Latest Name:

United Workmen's and Wlodowa Synagogue

Alternative Name:

United Workmen's Synagogue
Wlodowa Synagogue
Cheshire Street Synagogue
(previously Hare Street Synagogue)


21 Cheshire Street (formerly Hare Street), Bethnal Green, London E2.

Previously in Spital Square, London E1.

(Location: Cheshire Street, in London's East End, runs east for some one-quarter of a mile from near the northern end of Brick Lane to just west of Vallance Road, parallel with the middle section of Bethnal Green Road, to the north.

Spital Square, is about three eighths of a mile southwest of the Cheshire Street, still in London's East End, and runs west-east from Norton Folgate (the northern extension of Bishopsgate) to Lamb Street, although it previously also extended to the north of its present location.)

Date Founded:

1901 (source)

There was an amalgamation of certain congregations in 1910 or 1914

Current Status:

Closed, 1987 (source)


Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Independent, although its members were, and some may still be, affiliated for burial rights to the West End Great Synagogue.


1987 (at closure) - 180 (source)

Local Government Districts:

All the above addresses are now in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, created on 1 April 1965, within the administrative area of Greater London.

Previously, Cheshire Street was in the Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green, and Spital Square was in the Metropolitan Borough of Stepney. Both metropolitan boroughs were established in 1900 in the County of London (which was established in 1889). All these entities were abolished in 1965.

Spital Square was within the historic Liberty of Norton Folgate, which was abolished in 1921, being absorbed into the civil parish of Whitechapel, which itself was abolished in 1927 to be absorbed into Stepney Borough parish (until that parish's abolition in 1965)

Registration Districts:

for Cheshire Street:

From 1 July 1837 - Bethnal Green
From 1 January 1966 - Poplar and Bethnal Green
Since 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which now holds the registers)

for Spital Square:

From 1 July 1837 - Whitechapel
From 1 January 1926 - Stepney
Since 1 January 1983 - Tower Hamlets (which now holds the registers)

Other Congregation Information

  • Synagogue & Other Records:

    • Three Marriage Registers (first entry 28 May 1933; last entry 8 June 1958) deposited with Tower Hamlets Register Office (ref: s02).
      The Board of Deputies also holds a copy of the registers: 1933-1940 (ref:16/3b/1); 1940-1949 (ref:16/3b/2); and 1951-1958 (ref:16/3b/3) and gives the reason for cessation as "no new sec".

    • Also deposited with Tower Hamlets Register Office (ref: s01) and the Board of Deputies (ref: 16/3a/1, giving the reason for cessation as "destroyed") is a Marriage Register with a single entry (dated 2 December 1934) in respect of a "Bethnal Green Green St. Synagogue". It is not known as to which congregation this relates.

  • Bibliography:

  • Cemetery Information:

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations in London's East End

Greater London home page

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