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Bancroft Road Cemetery, Bancroft Road, London E1 (cemetery of the Maiden Lane Synagogue - disused):

The Maiden Lane Synagogue was a dissident offspring of the Western Synagogue formed in the early nineteenth century and closing in 1907.

The cemetery had been inactive for many years and is now derelict. Most records were destroyed in the 1941 London air raids by Nazi Germany. According to Charles Tucker, inspection a few years ago revealed only two complete headstones and two half stones. Tower Hamlets Family History Library has provided Dr. Cyril Fox with the list of inscriptions made by a former Chief Librarian, Henry Wootton, in 1987, which he has reproduced in Shemot (Journal of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain - JGSGB) Volume 8, No. 2. June 2000. Source: Dr Cyril Fox, JGSGB, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . [May 2005].

Issue No. 4 of "the Cable" - the magazine of the the Jewish East End Celebration Society (JEECS), [August 2007], contains an article on the Bancroft Road Cemetery by Philip Walker.

The cemetery has fallen into disrepair with only a handful of tombstones remaining. Only a few small plaques mark the areas. [November 2008]

The London Metropolitan Archives holds some papers relating to this cemetery, which show, among other things, the burial here of members of the Hart faimily. Source: David MR Shulman [March 2010]

The United Synagogue Burial Society for additional information about tombstone maintenance, including cleaning at 020 8950 7767 and select option 2. Melvyn Hartog, Head of Burial, Tel: 020 8343 6283. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . [June 2011]

See also Cemetery Scribes - Bancroft Road Cemetery, which includes images of extant headstones [January 2017]

The United Synagogue website has a "Find a Grave" search facility (at that enables one to search for a grave at its cemeteries. Although thiis is not a United Synagogue cemetery it is listed as one of the cemeteries for which the search facility is available. The search result will generally include the date of burial, the position of the grave and a photograph of the gravestone, if available. Source: David Shulman, Webmaster JCR-UK [June 2017]

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