PENZANCE, Cornwall: Print

For Community Information, see Penzance on JCR-UK

The Lost Jews of Cornwall, edited by Keith Pearce and Helen Fry, published by Redcliff Press Ltd, reprinted June 2000, ISBN 1 900178 27 3, contains full transcriptions of the gravestones (and, where known, family relationships and other information) in respect of the Jewish cemetery in Penzance. [source: David Shulman, Ra'anana, Israel, 2005]

Kehillat Kernow may have more information. [October 2013]

See Jewish Cemeteries in the West of England by Rabbi B. Susser (part of the Susser Archive):

CEMETERY: There is an historic walled Georgian Cemetery, with approximately 50 headstones. It can be accessed by way of a passageway between 19 and 20 Leskinnick Terrace, right at end of arch, cemetery on the left (Access by road unsuitable for cars.)  Keys held by a Mr. Kieth Pearce phone +44 1736 368778. It is one of the disused cemeteries administered by the Board of Deputies of British Jews - General enquiries to the Board's Community Issues Division.  [Jewish Year Book 2005]

"Burial Ground dating to 18th century..... (last interment 1911)." Source: Jewish Year Book 1938]

photo. "The tiny, hidden Jewish cemetery in Penzance. Up until 1913 Penzance had its own synagogue on New Street. But it seems this year marked the departure of the last of Penzance's small Jewish community. The history of Penzance's Jewish community dates back to the 1720s reaching a zenith of around 15 to 20 families. It is thought the cemetery was established in about 1750 and expanded over the years with walls being added in the 19th century. 
The plot first appeared on maps in 1841.

Working to preserve lost Jewish history in Penwith. photos. [October 2013]

gravestone photos and burial listing. [October 2013]

 

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