Ipswich Jewish Community

Ipswich, Suffolk




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Town of Ipswich

The town of Ipswich, with a population of about 120,000, is situated on the estuary of the river Orwell in East Anglia.  It was a county borough until 1974, when it became a local government district of the administrative county of  Suffolk.

The Ipswich Jewish Community

There was a medieval Jewish community in Ipswich. In modern times, there was a synagogue, sometimes referred to as the Ipswich Old Jewish Congregation, by 1792, and a cemetery was purchased in 1796. By the 1890s the community had disappeared. Recently a Liberal Jewish congregation has been formed. 

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that exist or existed in Ipswich:

* An active congregation.


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Ipswich include:

  • 1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

    • Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Ipswich during the 1770s (1 record), 1780s (2 records), 1790s (11 records), 1800s (10 records), 1810s (20 records); 1820s (24 records), 1830s (18 records), 1840s (11 records), 1850s (27 records), 1860s (10 records), 1870s (6 records), 1880s (5 records) and 1900s (1 record).


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Community Records

  • Registration District (for BMD): Suffolk (since 2 November 2010)

    • Previous Registration District:
         Ipswich (from 1 July 1837 until 2 November 2010).

    • Any registers would now be held by current register office (registers held in Ipswich and Woodbridge)

    • Register Office website


Ipswich Jewish Cemeteries Information

The following are the Jewish cemeteries that existed in Ipswich:

  • Salthouse Lane Jewish Burial Ground, Star Lane, Ipswich
    Possibly acquired in 1796, oldest legible headstone dates from 1803, closed 1854. About 35 headstones. Administered by the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

  • Ipswich Old Cemetery, Jewish Section, Cemetery Lane, Ipswich.
    In use from 1855. Latest burial 1985. There are, according to local authorty records, about 30 burials, but only about 15 are visible.

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


Ipswich Jewish Population Data



(Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain)


70 (est)


Jewish Congregations in Suffolk

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