Willesden Jewish Cemetery Opens September to Discover Jews Buried there and Customs and History of Jewish Community #unitedkingdom #announcements

Jan Meisels Allen


Willesden Jewish Cemetery


After five years of conservation and research, Willesden Jewish Cemetery will reopen to the public on 7 September. It had received a 1.7 M £ funding from the national Lottery Heritage Fund, support form the United Synagogue and partnership donations.  To see its new website go to:  https://www.willesdenjewishcemetery.org.uk/   There are nearly 30,000 men, women and children buried there since 1873.


Willesden United Synagogue Cemetery, usually known as Willesden Jewish Cemetery, is located at Beaconsfield Road, Willesden, in the London Borough of Brent, England. It opened in 1873 on a 20-acre (0.08 km2) site. It has been described as the "Rolls Royce" of London's Jewish cemeteries and is designated Grade II on Historic England's Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. In 2015, the United Synagogue, which owns and manages the cemetery, was awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore some key features of the cemetery and to create a visitor centre, a permanent exhibition and a web-based education project.  From Wikipedia  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willesden_Jewish_Cemetery


According to Wikipedia, the cemetery, developed on ground purchased from All Souls College, Oxford, was opened in 1873, three years after the United Synagogue was established by Act of Parliament. It was expanded in 1890, in 1906 and between 1925 and 1926. The cemetery and its funerary buildings, in English Gothic style, were designed by the architect Nathan Solomon Joseph (1834–1909).


Thank you to Jeanette Rosenberg, OBE, JGS Great Britain for sharing the information with us.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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