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Shaw St Synagogue?

Shaw Street Synagogue

Kellys Directory 1900

Sir ,
All information I can find relating to the “Shaw Street” synagogue tell of the building’s origin as a Wesleyan chapel. This has me puzzled for I am unable to find a Wesleyan chapel in Shaw street just prior to 1908, when the chapel was supposedly converted to a synagogue. The only record I can find of a Wesleyan chapel in the close vicinity is in Moss Street, the southerly continuation of Shaw Street, where an early Georgian style building existed in the 19th century.
Can anyone help me locate this building, was it Shaw Street or Moss Street??



19/07/2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. Dear Grekko,someone who may well be able to answer your question is Saul Marks;he is a genealogist,leading the current restoration of Deane Road Jewish Cemetery.
    His e-mail is

    Comment by Fred O'Brien | 19/07/2011 | Reply

  2. Dear Grekko,

    Congregation Data
    Name: Shaw Street Congregation, previously known as the New Central Synagogue.
    Address: Shaw Street, Islington, Liverpool (consecrated 1908)
    Current Status: Closed about 1939 (incorporated into Fairfield Synagogue)
    Date Founded: Shortly before 1908, on the merger of the New Beth Hamedrash and the Devon Street Congregation.
    Ritual: Orthodox – Ashkenazi
    Membership Data: 1938 – 75 seatholders (Jewish Year Book 1939)


    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 19/07/2011 | Reply

  3. Dear Grekko,

    The old Central Synagogue, Islington, destroyed in the Liverpool Blitz.


    Rob Ainsworth
    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 19/07/2011 | Reply

  4. Hi Rob,

    I’m afraid that I cannot locate exact address or any images of the building but I do know that it was in Shaw Street itself.

    The building was originally a Welsh Wesleyan Chapel built in 1866 and had seating for 900 worshippers. It was purchased in 1907 and converted into a Synagogue and used as such until WW2. I think the building was then destroyed during the blitz.

    According to a footnote in Benas’s ‘Later Records of the Jews in Liverpool’ an architectural description of the premises is to be found in Picton’s ‘Memorials’.

    Arnold Lewis

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 19/07/2011 | Reply

  5. Thank you all for your speedy replies and included information, however, much of the information is similar to that which I had already gathered and was part of the reasoning behind my enquiry about the actual location of the synagogue.
    What puzzles me is, in the photo I have it is cited as being the Shaw Street Synagogue, yet I have been unable to verify it’s actual location in Shaw Street, pictorially or geographically. I need someone to identify it’s position on Shaw Street.i.e : North or South End….. East or West side..
    If someone could advise as to how I could upload the photograph I would be pleased to do so if it might help in the search.
    Thanks again

    Comment by Dave | 19/07/2011 | Reply

  6. Dear David,

    using Kellys Street Directory for 1900 I have located the synagogue between 81 to 95 Shaw St. That means it is on the left-hand side heading way from the city centre.


    Rob Ainsworth

    Web Administrator
    Liverpool History Society

    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 19/07/2011 | Reply

  7. Thank you Rob,
    you are a star.

    Comment by Dave | 19/07/2011 | Reply

  8. Glad to help where I can



    Comment by Liverpool History Society Questions | 20/07/2011 | Reply

  9. Looking at this picture I got my old days memories refreshed. This is some what very interesting and pleasing for me.

    Comment by hire web developers | 02/08/2011 | Reply

  10. there was a chapel/church, situated in Moss St quite near the junction with London Road/Prescot Street. It backed onto Epworth Street, where Ilived as achild 1948-1957. We knew it as the old Methodist building, and as kids did shortly after the war we used the place as a playground. I remember finding Hymn books which were definitely not of the catholic type.Ialso remember the building and yard being used for the storage of new(50’s) fireplaces.Frankie Vaughan lived over the road in Devon Street. regards Brian Caulfield.

    Comment by Brian Caulfield | 18/09/2011 | Reply

  11. Thank you for replying Brian,
    I have managed to identify the old synagogues location, it was part way along Shaw street, almost facing Everton Brow, it too suffering blitz damage and was originally used by another religious group, i.e. a Wesleyan Chapel. It is identified as such on a 1920’s map.
    Thank you again for taking time to reply.

    Comment by grekko44 | 18/09/2011 | Reply

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