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Articles that focus on the history of Jewish Cemeteries in the UK

Wolverhampton Old Jewish Burial Ground (Cockshutts Lane)

January 31, 2010
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Wolverhampton Old Jewish Burial Ground (Cockshutts Lane)

We were recently contacted by Alan Isaacs who asked whether we would like copies of  some photos taken at Wolverhampton Jewish Cemetery. Our readers will know that the answer was a resounding “Yes please!” Alan, whose interests lie in electronics, has a virtual Radio Museum and also provides genealogy research services to some of...
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Bath Jewish Burial Ground – Restoration

January 16, 2010
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Bath Jewish Burial Ground – Restoration

A recent article in the Jewish Chronicle reports that the first stage of the £50,000 restoration work at the old Jewish Burial Ground at Combe Down had been completed. For more information go to the Jewish Chronicle article here CemeteryScribes has 26 tombstone photos taken at the Bath cemetery along with inscriptions for each...
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Balls Pond Road Jewish Cemetery, London now complete!

January 9, 2010
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Balls Pond Road Jewish Cemetery, London now complete!

We have added over 500 photos to CemeteryScribes.com taken at this cemetery. Each entry includes the tombstone photo, inscriptions and in most cases the immediate families of those buried there. Balls Pond was opened in the early 1840′s and is owned by West London Synagogue. It was described by Mrs Basil Holmes in ‘London...
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Bancroft Road Jewish Cemetery – Restoration Update!

December 13, 2009
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Bancroft Road Jewish Cemetery – Restoration Update!

The good news keeps coming! Today we received confirmation from Leonard Shear that the restoration work is definitely being undertaken by the United Synagogue Burial Society. They will be levelling the ground, clearing all the rubbish, turfing the areas that need it, planting bushes and pruning the trees. All of this is ongoing and...
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Bancroft Road (Maiden Lane) Jewish Cemetery – Restoration project

December 10, 2009
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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...
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Memorial Plaques from Choa Chu Kang, Singapore Jewish Cemetery

December 6, 2009
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In 1974 the government provided space for a Jewish Cemetery at Choa Chu Kang, a large burial ground for people of all faiths and ethnic groups. Approximately six years later the older Jewish Cemeteries in Singapore, Orchard and Thomson Road were claimed by the government for redevelopment. The remains of those buried in Orchard...
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Tales from Chatham Jewish Cemetery

November 14, 2009
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There would appear to have been a couple of unusual burials at Chatham and, in one case, perhaps no burial at all. In the middle of Jun 1786 Mr Levi Israel a silversmith in Chatham, and lease holder of the Synagogue, received a parcel sent to him from London. The parcel contained a small...
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Brady Street Jewish Cemetery – a success story!

July 19, 2009
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Brady Street Jewish Cemetery – a success story!

When we first visited Brady Street Jewish Cemetery back in May 2007 we took photos of the memorial to Miriam Levy, a rare, perhaps unique, example of a Jewish memorial with a bust of a woman. This, presumably is an actual likeness of Miriam, who has been described as a welfare worker who opened...
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Balls Pond Road London? Or Ayres Quay Sunderland? Which is the true burial place of David Johnasson?

June 29, 2009
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Balls Pond Road London? Or Ayres Quay Sunderland? Which is the true burial place of David Johnasson?

The cemetery at Ayres Quay Jewish Cemetery in Sunderland, presently classed by Jewish Heritage UK as a “site at Risk” was closed in 1856. However, a space was reserved for a memorial to David Johnasson, a local landowner, ship owner, owner of the Usworth Colliery, and a senior member of the community, who died...
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Restoration Projects: Make such a difference!

June 15, 2009
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Restoration Projects: Make such a difference!

Who, in the Jewish establishment, is responsible for the Bancroft Road (Maiden Lane) Cemetery? The argument has raged for over 100 years. While that once historic burial ground has been reduced to a weed-covered desert and is now beyond restoration, enthusiastic local activists have not only done, literally, ground-breaking work to restore the historic...
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