Bancroft Road Cemetery (also known as Maiden Lane Synagogue Cemetery, Globe Fields)7171

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

Bancroft Road Cemetery is a small Jewish burial ground that opened in 1811, set up by the Amude Yesharim (The Pillars of the Upright), who opened their Maiden Lane Synagogue in 1811. It consists of a small strip of land bordered by railings to Bancroft Road and walled to the back. There are a number of upright headstones, monuments and gravestones laid flat on the ground, and a few trees.

History

The first burial took place in 1811. It closed for burials in 1907, although the burial of Philip Philips is recorded in 1918, and there were around 500 burials here. The Maiden Lane Synagogue, now defunct, continued to own this strip of land in Bancroft Road, but its upkeep was neglected and the walls in particular were in need of repair by the 1920s, when some maintenance was carried out. Damage was caused by bombing in WWII and the state of the cemetery continued to be of concern.

Detailed Description

Bancroft Road Cemetery is a small Jewish burial ground that opened in 1811, set up by the Amude Yesharim (The Pillars of the Upright), who opened their Maiden Lane Synagogue in 1811. The cemetery was closed for burials in 1907 and was much neglected during the C20th, suffering bomb damage in WWII. It consists of a small strip of land bordered by railings to Bancroft Road and walled to the back. There are a number of upright headstones, monuments and gravestones laid flat on the ground, and a few trees.

Sources consulted:

Wolfston, Greater London Cemeteries and Crematoria, 3rd ed., London 1994; Bancroft Library, Clippings; The United Synagogue website; Cemetery Scribes website, www.cemeteryscribes.com: 'History - Bancroft (Maiden Lane) Cemetery' and Marcus Roberts History - Maiden Lane Synagogue Burial Ground (www.jtrails.org.uk) (conflicting information); Dr Sharman Kadish, 'Jewish Heritage in England' (English Heritage, 2006)

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=THM006

Access & Directions

Directions

Tube: Stepney Green (District/Hammersmith & City). Bus: 25.
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust