Tyne and Wear HER(10841): Sunderland, Villiers Street, Synagogue - Details
Sunderland, Villiers Street, Synagogue
Religious Ritual and Funerary
Place of Worship
The eighteenth century synagogue was in Villiers (exact location not known) and the associated burial ground was at Ayres Quay (HER 5965). The synagogue went of use when a new one was built on Ryhope Road (HER 7187). Sunderland was the oldest Jewish community in the north-east. The community lived in Frederick and Norfolk Streets. Sunderland became home to 'landsleit' who came here from the Lithuanian town of Krottingen where there was a fire in 1889.
Sharman Kadish, 2006, Jewish Heritage in England - Architectural Guide, page 180; personal comment, Jon Welsh, AAG Archaeology, 8 Sept 2013