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Latitude: 50.3694 / 50°22'9"N
Longitude: -4.1406 / 4°8'25"W
OS Eastings: 247869
OS Northings: 54354
OS Grid: SX478543
Mapcode National: GBR RBM.GF
Mapcode Global: FRA 2862.4R0
Entry Name: Synagogue
Listing Date: 25 January 1954
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1130015
English Heritage Legacy ID: 473229
Location: Plymouth, PL1
County: City of Plymouth
Electoral Ward/Division: St Peter and the Waterfront
Built-Up Area: Plymouth
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
SX4754 CATHERINE STREET, Plymouth
740-1/57/358 (West side)
Synagogue. Founded 1762, remodelled interior 1862 and to front
and rear after 1874. Stuccoed walls; dry slate roof with coped
gable ends; stepped acroterion to front gable. Rectangular
EXTERIOR: single storey; 2-windows to front end with oculus
with star of David above; 3 windows to each side, all
round-arched windows with coloured leaded glass, and 2-storey
entrance end with 4 windows within eared architraves to 1st
floor. 3 segmental arched doorways with continuous cornice
INTERIOR: virtually complete C18 interior with latticed
women's gallery with thin iron columns, extended to N and S
sides in 1862; 2 fluted Corinthian columns flanking an arch
filled with a coffered pattern and with large urns to the
entablature; the Bimah to centre surrounded by C18 turned
balustrade surmounted by 8 original brass candlesticks;
original pine benches; carved wooden ark, lavishly decorated
and gilded, and set of silver bells.
This is the oldest English Ashkenazi synagogue, and in a
national context is a remarkable example which both predates
and is more complete than any other synagogues.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:
Listing NGR: SX4786954354
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