Bancroft Road (Maiden Lane) Jewish Cemetery – Restoration project

In Sept 2008 we received this email:

“I am delighted to see this website. About 30 minutes ago I was walking the streets of Bethnal Green, and to my horror I came across a Jewish cemetery which was in a bad state of disrepair. I took photos and as soon as I got home I emailed the Jewish Chronicle, now after a bit of research I realise it Bancroft Cemetery and I know it was bombed during the war and so was not necessarily vandalised. I am greatly encouraged by this project to see our heritage is preserved. Thanks for giving me a bit of hope. Susie Clapham”

We replied, drawing Susie’s attention to JEECS (Jewish East End Celebration Society) who have been interested in trying to provide assistance in restoring the grounds for some time.

Since then Susie has instigated an article in the JC (Oct 2008) highlighting the state of Bancroft Cemetery, joined JEECS and become a committee member along with helping to drive forward the restoration of Bancroft Cemetery.

There have been numerous articles and pleas for something to be done over the years so you can imagine our delight at hearing this week that plans are in motion, talks have taken place, and some agreement reached!

The first task will be to tidy the area, turn fallen stones, and turf the grounds. Following this, pieces of shattered tombstone will be collected and incorporated into a permanent memorial to commemorate every individual buried at Bancroft and whose tombstones have long since gone or been destroyed. Of course creating such a worthwhile memorial will require additional funding. We understand that an appeal is being set up and will bring you more details of this when we can.

With this in mind, Susie contacted us for help in finding the names of all those who were buried there, or at least as many as possible, an especially difficult task as the records were destroyed years ago.

Below is a list of those we have found so far, but do you know more? Were your ancestors buried there? Do you have any old photos showing the cemetery?

Please leave a reply below with details of anyone you know was buried at Bancroft (Maiden Lane) Jewish Cemetery or the ‘contact us’.

Abraham SOLOMON died 1st Sep 1811?

Abigail MOSES wife of Philip Moses of Swallow St, died 1814

Leah daughter of Phineas wife of Moses b Hayim died 1814

Michael LEVY of Borough Road, died 1815

Isaac ISAAC (Isaac b Hayim) of East St Marylebone died 1817

Samuel LAZARUS aged 68 died 1817

Moses HYAMS aged 54 died 1818

Emanuel ABRAHAM died 1823

Michael SIMONS died 1824

Maria HARRIS wife of Ephraim died 1824

Moses b Abraham Mordecai died 1824

Michael SIMONS 1824

Mirlah wife of Simon EMANUEL aged 64, died 1829

Jacob died 1830/1

Wolf PISER (Benjamin Zeib) son of Rabbi Nathan of Copenhagen died 1837

Ephraim HARRIS late of Marylebone lane, 1840

Simon EMANUEL of Marylebone Lane Simon b Menahem aged 82 died 1840

Isaac LEVY of Flemings Row aged 45 died 1844

Joseph LEVY of the Poultry died 1846

Samuel ISAACS died 1846?

Emanuel JACOBS died 1854

Alkia? wife of Mr [Mor…] Reuben …. died Sun 24 Sivan buried [Wed] 27 5619 (died 26/6/1859).

Abraham COLLIS died 1860

Hannah LEVY (wife of Aaron) died 1/11/1865

Hannah (Anna) BRAHAM (Mrs) died 28/10/1867

Kenandel b Jacob died 10/12/1866

Israel b Nathan died 4/9/1869

Louis KYEZOR buried 14/10/1869 [added 13/12/09 – H. Pollins, see source list below*]

Rev’d David JOSEPH died 11/8/1871

Dinah ANSELL (Mrs) stone setting 27/12/1874

Juliet ABRAHAMS of Holloway Road, 1875

Lewis HARRIS died 9/4/1877

Lewis SOLOMON stone setting 18/8/1878

Hyman Jonas MORELL died 20/8/1879

Caroline EMANUEL (wife of Simeon) died 15/12/1879

Hannah HART (wife of Aaron) died 4/3/1880

Juliet & Fanny MARKS, stone setting 27/2/1881

Joseph MURRAY died 5/5/1881

James JACOBS died 18/9/1881

Elizabeth MARKS (wife of Charles) died 2/11/1881

Hyam (or Hyman) AARONSON of 188 Kings Road, died 17/3/1882 [added – H. Pollins] Chelsea stone setting 18/2/1883

Alexander JACOBS died 1/3/1883

David DAVIES of 10 Green St, Leicester Sq, stone setting on 8.4.1883. [added 13/12/09 – H. Pollins]

Joseph COLLISS died 17/11/1883

Israel ABRAHAMS age 61, died 15/8/1885 15/8/1884 (fire) [corrected 13/12/09 – H. Pollins]

Julia MARKS (Mrs) 86yrs (Israel ABRAHAMS’ wife’s mother), died 15/8/1885 15/8/1884 (fire) [corrected 13/12/09 – H. Pollins]

Mark ABRAHAMS age 32yrs died 15/8/1885 15/8/1884 (fire) [corrected 13/12/09 – H. Pollins]

Lily ABRAHAMS age 19 yrs died 15/8/1885 15/8/1884 (fire) [corrected 13/12/09 – H. Pollins]

Simeon EMANUEL of 22 Store Street, died 27/11/1885

John JACOBS died 30/12/1885

Ann (Nancy) COLLINS of 44 Lower Marsh, Lamberth stone setting 11/7/1886

Leah LEVY (wife of Morris) of 81 Drury Lane, stone setting 15/8/1886

Mark COLLINS of 28 Broad Street, Bloomsbury stone setting 29/8/1886, died 2/5/1886 [14/12/09 date of death added – H. Pollins]

Lydia COLLINS (wife of Mark) died Jul 1887

Caroline SIMONS (wife of Moses)  died 1/9/1888

Philip JACOBS died 14/3/1889

Charles SOLOMON, musical composer, stone setting 27/7/1890, died 16/5/1890 [14/12/09 date of death added – H. Pollins]

Bernard WINKEL, Shamas of Maiden Lane Synagogue, stone setting 27/7/1890

Ernest LAZARECK, died 22/9/1890, stone setting 27/9/1891 [added – H Pollins.]

Phoebe EMANUEL died 1892

Maximilian GONZAWA died 28/5/1892

Michael GABRIEL died 1894

Charlotte MORELL (nee MOSSEL) died 26/1/1894

Samuel (Unknown) died 23 Jan 1895

Julia ABRAHAMS (wife of Moss) died 1895

Hannah JACOBS died 21/2/1895

(unknown) JOSEPH died 1898

James S. LYON, theatrical upholsterer of High Holborn died 7/1/1898 31/12/1897 [amended – H. Pollins] Buried 2/1/1898 [added – H. Pollins] in a reserved grave next to his wife

Keila widow of … bar Moshe .. Fri 26 Adar 5655. (22/3/1895)

Robert LYON (brother of James S. Lyon) died 11/9/1898

Moise MOCH of 18 Southampton Row aged 70, stone setting 14/2/1902

Philip PHILLIPS died 18th January 1918 in 91st yr as Minister Maiden Lane /Western Synagogues [added 14/12/09  – E. Samuel]

Abraham ben Isaac … [died] Sun [7] .. Elul? [buried] Mon 9 560[6]

Beila bat … died [Wed / Thur] 6 Tishri 563[?] …


Rosetta (Unknown)

Levi b Jacob HaLevi aged 67

David LEVY

Dinah LYON

Daughter of Rev Jacob MOSES late of Birmingham

Jewish Chronicle
The Western Synagogue through two centuries 1761 – 1961 Arthur Barnett
*Pollins, Harold; Rosewarne, Vic. Louis Kyezor : ‘the King of Whitton’, c.1796-1869 (Borough of Twickenham Local History Society paper, 82). Twickenham: Borough of Twickenham Local History Society, 2002. 44 p. ISBN 0903341751.

See here for our previous blog on Bancroft Cemetery.

9 comments for “Bancroft Road (Maiden Lane) Jewish Cemetery – Restoration project

  1. Gaby Laws
    December 13, 2009 at 1:09 am

    It takes only one person to let others know about a place that needs care. Kol HaKavod to Susie Clapham for her interest. Keep us posted!

    Best wishes
    Schelly Talalay Dardashti
    Tracing the Tribe – The Jewish Genealogy Blog

  2. Gaby Laws
    December 14, 2009 at 12:13 am

    CemeteryScribes would like to thank Harold Pollins for suppliying additional burial details and corrections to the four entries.

  3. Gaby Laws
    December 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    CemeteryScribes would like to thank Eric Samuel for adding Philip PHILLIPS died 18th January 1918 Minister Maiden Lane /Western Synagogues to our growing list – keep them coming!!

  4. Gaby Laws
    December 14, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    CemeteryScribes would like to thank Dr Cyril Fox for reminding us of his article in Shemot 2000 Vol 8 No.2 which includes a list of inscriptions from Bancroft Cemetery transcribed 19.3.87 by Henry Wootton the Librarian at Bancroft Rd (Tower Hamlets) Family History Library.

  5. Grant Davis
    April 27, 2010 at 4:53 am

    much appreciated very much, I must say your website is brilliant!

  6. Teodoro T. Backmon
    September 18, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve been looking for this exact information on this subject for a long time. Bookmarked and recommended!

  7. Judie BECQUE
    September 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

    My husbands great great grandfather was Charles solomon
    We believe his brother bowers solomon was also buried here
    According to the records I have just found. Charles had a very
    Famous son called Edward who was a composer he worked with
    Doilly carte and Gilbert and Sullivan he also bigamously married
    Lillian Russell . He died aged 39 in London but we can’t find out where
    He is buried. My husband is related to his brother Frederick again
    A composer and very good actor. Can you fill in any blanks ? Please

  8. Yvonne Cheyney
    February 25, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    I am assuming my grandmother – Rachel (Rokel) Buffman – found on Ancestry death certificate as Rose Bafman – died in Mile End – at home – in 1895. Her husband, my grandfather Joseph died in 1928 but was buried at East Ham Jewish Cemetery which was not open in 1895. I live in Southern California and will be interested to visit Bancroft Cemetery on my next visit. We can find no record of where my grandmother is buried. Thank you for your information. Rachel was born in Russia.

  9. ADMIN
    February 25, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    Rose Baffman was buried at West Ham cemetery Section C Row 4 plot 12

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.