The flag of Cornwall
Cornwall is the county in the extreme southwest of England, which, because of its Celtic origins and culture, often considers itself separate from England.
There were important Jewish communities in Cornwall in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, primarily in Penzance and Falmouth, which today have no Jewish community. There are, however, a number of Jewish families and individuals spread throughout Cornwall, who in 1999 established a reform Jewish community and congregation, centred in Truro, known as Kehillat Kernow (website - http://kehillatkernow.com) [David Shulman, Webmaster JCR-UK, May 2013].
Apart from the old Jewish cemeteries in Penzance and Falmouth (see separate sections on IAJGS Cemetery Project), there are three existing municipal cemeteries in Cornwall in which the Cornish authorities have recently allotted to Kehillat Kernow special areas, specifically for Jewish burials [David Shulman, Webmaster JCR-UK, June 2016]. These are:
- Fairpark Cemetery, Rialton Road, St. Columb Minor, near Newquay, TR7 3EA, Cornwall.
- Campdown Cemetery, Crinnis Road (end of Beach Road), Charlestoown, St Aistell, PL25 3PG, Cornwall.
- Paul Cemetery, Paul, near Penzance, TR19 6UD, Cornwall.
A small Jewish burial ground may have existed in Truro, Cornwall, from the mid-1700s and abandoned in the 1840's (although such cemetery's existence has not been conclusively determined). No visible remains exist and no information is known as to who was reputedly buried there [David Shulman, Webmaster JCR-UK, June 2016].