the former

Cutler Street "Polish" Synagogue

City of London, London E1





Congregation Data


Cutler Street "Polish" Synagogue

Alternative Names:

Polish Synagogue

Carter Street Synagogue


Clothier Street(i) (formerly Carter Street), Cutler Street, Houndsditch, London E1.

The synagogue appears to have been situated on the first floor (or higher) of a building on the corner of Cutler Street and Clothier Street (Carter Street), next to a brewery owned and run by the Harris family.

Date Formed:

1790 or 1802 (depending on source) - one of the three minor congregations reputedly established in London in the eighteenth century. The others were the Rosemary Lane Congregation and the Gun Yard "Polish" Synagogue.

Current Status:

Closed in late 1930s(ii)


Ashkenazi Orthodox


Initially a dependency of the Great Synagogue

Listed, under the name Carter Street Synagogue, as one of the 16 congregations that attended the meeting on 16 October 1887 to form the Federation of Synagogues(iii), and it became one of the original 21 or 22 federated synagogues on 6 November 1887(iv)

The synagogue later became unaffiliated.

Local Government Districts:

Cutler Street and Clothier Street are in the Portsoken Ward of the City of London, within the administrative area of Greater London. Until the abolition in 1908 of civil parishes in the City, the streets were in the parish of St. Botolph Without Aldgate.

Registration District:

City of London (since 1 July 1837) - register office website (for Islington & City of London)


See Cemeteries of the Federation of Synagogues.

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Cutler Street (some 200 feet long) runs northeast from Houndsditch, situated in the City of London, just 300 feet from its eastern boundary. Clothier Street (Carter Street) was a cul-de-sac on the southern side of Cutler Street..

  • (ii) The last full listing of the congregation was in the Jewish Year Book 1936. Its name appeared in the 1937 and 1938 editions but with no other details whatsover, an indication that it had already closed. It was not listed at all in 1939 edition.

  • (iii) Orthodoxy in Anglo-Jewry 1880-1940 by Bernard Homa (1969), p.15, repeated in The Federation of Synagogues 1887-1987 by Geoffrey Alderman (1987), p.20.

  • (iv) Social History of the Jews of England by V.D. Lipman, pp.120/1.

List of Congregations in the Federation of Synagogues

Street Directory of Synagogues in East End and City of London

Jewish Congregations in the City of London and London East End

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Page created: 29 August 2006
Latest revision or update: 31 January 2018



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