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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2712/BWS
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1850-1984
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 3.72 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Bayswater Synagogue


Administrative/Biographical history:

Bayswater Synagogue, at the west corner of Chichester Place and Harrow Road, was consecrated in 1863. In 1870 Bayswater joined the Great, New, Hambro, and Central synagogues to form the United Synagogue. The building was designed in red brick in the Gothic style. Although numbers had fallen by the time that the site was taken for the Harrow Road flyover, litigation compelled the United Synagogue to promise to rebuild on land provided by the Greater London Council. From 1965 services were held in the hall of the Lauderdale Road synagogue until a new building was constructed in 1971-2 in Kilburn Park Road.

From: 'Paddington: Judaism', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 9: Hampstead, Paddington (1989), pp. 264-265 (available online).


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Bayswater Synagogue, consisting of administrative files, financial records, reports, photographs, correspondence, a history of the synagogue and membership records including registers of kethubot [marriage contracts] and chalitzah undertakings.

PLEASE NOTE: Records can only be accessed with the written permission of the depositor. Contact the Chief Executive, United Synagogue.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The original deposit has been catalogued as ACC/2712/BWS plus a running number; this includes the administrative and financial records and photographs (items 1-37) with the correspondence (items 38-43) as a later addition. The additional deposit has been further sub-divided as follows: History ACC/2712/BWS/01; Membership ACC/2712/BWS/02.

Conditions governing access:

Lists of seatholders, offerings books and kesubah and chalitzah registers are closed to public inspection. Other material is available for consultation only with the written permission of the United Synagogue's Chief Executive.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited as part of a larger accession of material from the United Synagogue.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

For further information please consult the LMA Information Leaflet: "Records of the Anglo-Jewish Community at London Metropolitan Archives"; available to download here: (URL correct Feb 2010).

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Description prepared in March 2010.

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