Brady Street Cemetery (also known as Great Synagogue Burial Ground, Jews' Burial Ground, The New Synagogue)7181

London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

Brady Street Cemetery opened in 1761 as the New Synagogue Burial Ground on land that was originally a brickfield. It was extended in 1795 and became the New Synagogue and the Great Synagogue Burial Ground.

History

The site was originally a brickfield adjacent to Ducking Pond Lane, which was leased to the New Synagogue, a group of Jewish traders, in 1761 for an annual rent of twelve guineas. Further land was added in 1795 when the Great Synagogue purchased the freehold and it became the New Synagogue and Great Synagogue Burial Ground. The burial ground, which is crowded with tombstones, was finally closed to burials in 1858.

Visitor Facilities

The site is open to the public by appointment only.

Detailed Description

Brady Street Cemetery opened in 1761 as the New Synagogue Burial Ground on land that was originally a brickfield. It was extended in 1795 and became the New Synagogue and the Great Synagogue Burial Ground. When the burial ground was full a portion was raised in order to create space for more burials. It eventually closed to burials in 1858, although in 1990 Nathaniel, 3rd Lord Rothschild was buried here. There are numerous monuments including those of prominent Jewish people, and the cemetery has numerous mature trees.

Sources consulted:

Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993); Hugh Meller & Brian Parsons, 'London Cemeteries, An Illustrated Guide and Gazetteer', 4th edition (The History Press, 2008); Katie Fretwell, 'The Fete of Abraham Goldsmid: A Regency Garden Tragedy' in The London Gardener, vol 5 (1999/2000); The United Synagogue website; Cemetery Scribes website, www.cemeteryscribes.com: 'History - Brady Street Cemetery' and Marcus Roberts History - Brady Street Cemetery (www.jtrails.org.uk); Dr Sharman Kadish, 'Jewish Heritage in England' (English Heritage, 2006)

For more information see http://www.londongardensonline.org.uk/gardens-online-record.asp?ID=THM012

Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is open to the public by appointment only.

Directions

London Overground/Tube (District, Hammersmith & City): Whitechapel
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust