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Velho Cemetery of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Congregation of London

A Grade II Listed Building in Bethnal Green, London

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Latitude: 51.5231 / 51°31'23"N

Longitude: -0.045 / 0°2'41"W

OS Eastings: 535729

OS Northings: 182276

OS Grid: TQ357822

Mapcode National: GBR J8.RBR

Mapcode Global: VHGQV.5ZL8

Entry Name: Velho Cemetery of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Congregation of London

Listing Date: 30 May 1974

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1319658

English Heritage Legacy ID: 442420

Location: Tower Hamlets, London, E1

County: London

District: Tower Hamlets

Electoral Ward/Division: Bethnal Green

Built-Up Area: Tower Hamlets

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St John on Bethnal Green

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

1. (West Side)
TQ 3582 10/918 Velbo Cemetery of the
Spanish and Portuguese
Jewish Congretation of London

Opened 1657. The oldest Jewish burial ground in England, opened
a year after the Anglo-Jewish resettlement under Oliver Cromwell.
Burials from 1657 to 1758 There are a few table tombs, including
a group of 6 in the south west corner but most tombstones are laid
flat. Earlier lettering in Portuguese, later ones in Hebrew and
English. Stones mainly limestone, a few of marble, forming a paved
area with very narrow grass margins between. Centre path. Burials
include that of Abraham Fernandes Carvajal, the founder of the
Anglo-Jewish Comniunity and those of 2 Chief Rabbis:- Nieto and Meldola.
The disused cemetery was reopened for the burial of the latter in 1828
in order that he might be buried at the feet of Rabbi Nieto. Old
brickwork in north wall. (Tablet in wall listed separately.)

The Jewish Cemeteries form a group between Mile End Road and
Alderney Road

Listing NGR: TQ3572982276

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