Cemeteries & history

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

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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Beyond the high wall, Alderney Road Jewish Cemetery

June 1, 2009
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It would have been around 1991 that I first visited the Jewish Cemetery in Alderney Road, London E., the oldest Ashkenazi burial ground in Britain, dating from 1696\7. We came upon it, quite by chance, on our way back from the Tower Hamlets Family History Library in Bancroft Road. There was a door in...
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Medieval Northampton Cemetery survey

May 29, 2009
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Medieval Northampton Cemetery survey

We were delighted a week ago when Marcus Roberts, Founder and Director of Jtrails contacted us to offer further information for use on the GenPals Cemetery Project website, which we hope to be able to add soon. Marcus supplied the definitive identification for the Northampton Stone in 1992, the only known example of a...
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