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First published on JCR-UK: 2003
Latest revision or update to this page: 13 August 2014

Susser Archive Table of Contents

(in association with the Jewish Historical Society of England)
Edited by Rabbi Dr Bernard Susser
[These were a series of A5 booklets in process of publication by Rabbi Susser at the time of his death]

There are a number of lists included in the Archive, some contain very small numbers of records and some are difficult to read. Where a list is  legible and contains reasonable numbers of records, it is being prepared for the ALL UK Database, other lists will be found in their original format.


1 Jewish South-West of England census returns, 1841-91 - Search the ALL UK Database

2 Jewish Tombstone Inscriptions in South-West England



Bristol (Barton) - Search the ALL UK Database


Penzance (with photographs)

Plymouth Gifford Place - to be included in the ALL UK Database

3 Tombstone Inscriptions in the Old Jewish Cemetery on Plymouth Hoe

Sponsored by the Kessler Foundation & The Jewish Chronicle

4 Jewish South-West of England Wills

Sponsored by IJGR courtesy of Anthony & Mrs Judith Joseph

5 Jewish South-West of England Birth, Marriage and Death Registers

Exeter Marriage Register 1838-1907 - to be included in the ALL UK Database

Plymouth Birth Register 1829-1837 [Facsimile of Rabbi Susser's Typecript]

Plymouth Marriage Register 1837-1933 - to be included in the ALL UK Database

6 Biographies (c.2,500) of all known Jews in South-West England

Sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of England

[Sadly, Rabbi Susser's card index of the Biographies appears to be lost. FJG]



The Circumcision Register of Rabbi Ash of Dover, 1765-1818

The Circumcision Register of Asher Asher, 1861-1865

The Circumcision Register of Joseph Joseph of Plymouth, 1784-1834

The Circumcision Register of Myer Solomon of the Western Synagogue, London, 1783-1840

Circumcision Register Edinburgh, 1831-1838

The Wedding and Circumcision Register of Rabbi Ash

Inscriptions in the Alderney Road Cemetery, London, 1696-1853

The Burial Register of the Hambro Synagogue

The Biography of Nathan Joseph Altmann of Plymouth

Report on Plymouth Synagogue Sifrei Torah

Inventory of Deeds at Plymouth Synagogue, 1963 [Facsimile of Rabbi Susser's original ms]

Handlist of Plymouth Synagogue Artefacts [Facsimile original typescript; no date, 20th c.]

Handlist of Plymouth Synagogue Artefacts, 1892 [Facsimile original ms]

Handlist of Plymouth Synagogue Artefacts, 1934 [Facsimile original typescript]

Extracts from the Chief Rabbinate Correspondence for Devon and Cornwall [Facsimile original ms]

Plymouth Gifford Place Cemetery Tombstone Inscriptions - to be included in the ALL UK Database

Plymouth Hebrew Congregation Deaths 1927-1963 - to be included in the ALL UK Database

Norwich, Ipswich and Great Yarmouth Tombstone Inscriptions - to be included in the ALL UK Database

New Synagogue (London), Duplicate Ketubot Register - to be included in the ALL UK Database

The Great Synagogue, London, Burial Register 1791-1823 - to be included in the ALL UK Database [Sponsored by Mrs Shelagh Addis of Wells, Som. and Mrs Angela Shire, London, in memory of their parents Bernard (George) and Merle Levy]

The Marriage Register of the Western Synagogue - to be included in the ALL UK Database



The Jews of South-West England - 1977 thesis submitted by Rabbi Susser to the University of Exeter for his Ph D.

Jewish Cemeteries of the West of England

The Plymouth Synagogue - a brief account of its history (from a souvenir booklet)

The Jewish Tombstones of South West England - a brief account of the cemeteries and their inscriptions. A valuable insight into how Rabbi Susser was drawn into his historical studies. It usefully supplements item 2 above.

Social Acclimatisation of Jews in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Devon

History of the Willesden & Brondesbury Synagogue - 1934 t0 1994 

How to Read & Record a Jewish Tombstone (A pdf file) - in association with The United Synagogue, London)

The Jewish Historical Library of Rabbi Dr B. Susser - a handlist of all the books in his collection (now dispersed)



The Covenant of Circumcision

Guide for the Visitor to the Plymouth Synagogue



Coat of Many Colours: The History of the Joseph Family by W. S. Jessop, 1951. With extensive pedigrees of many Westcountry Jewish families.

Records of My Family by Israel Solomon, 1887. Family History of a Jewish family from Falmouth, and their relations.

Historical Maps of Plymouth [Facsimiles]

Ancestral Tapestry by Mr Bertram Emdon - a History of the Emdon family.

Sidney Mendelssohn - documents and articles concerning Sidney Mendelssohn, born in Exeter, son of the minister there, and later the founding father of South African bibliography.



The Great Synagogue Births Register - to be included in the ALL UK Database

The Hambro Synagogue Marriage Records 1797-183?

The History of the Great Synagogue by Cecil Roth

The Rise of Provincial Jewry by Cecil Roth

The Jewish Community of Stroud - article by Harold Pollins

The First Jewish Unit in the British Army: 11th Tower Hamlets Volunteers - article by Harold Pollins


not part of the original Archive
1845 Statistical Accounts of Jewish Congregations of the British Empire (effectively solely Ashkenasi Congregations of the British Isles and Jamaica), based upon the replies to questionnaires submitted to the congregations by the then newly-elected Chief Rabbi Nathan Adler. These Accounts were transcribed by the Rabbi Susser and were included as part of the Papers on "Provincial Jewry in Victorian Britain" at the 1975 Conference prepared by Prof. Aubrey Newman.


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